Thomas Pfeffer-not allowed to live beyond his 7th year

History of Sorts


Someone asked me recently when I will stop telling Holocaust stories? I replied “there were 11 million victims, once all of their stories are told I’ll stop”

I won’t be able to tell all 11 million personal accounts but this is one of them.

Thomas Pfeffer,Born: November 22, 1936, Amsterdam, Netherlands.


Thomas’ father, Heinz, was a German-Jewish refugee who had married Henriette De Leeuw, a Dutch-Jewish woman. Frightened by the Nazi dictatorship and the murder of Heinz’s uncle in a concentration camp, they emigrated to the Netherlands when Henriette was nine months pregnant with Thomas’ older brother. They settled in Amsterdam.

Thomas, also known as Tommy, was born 18 months after his older brother, Jan-Peter. In 1939 the parents and brother of Tommy’s father joined them in the Netherlands as refugees from Germany. Tommy and Jan-Peter grew up speaking Dutch as their native language, and they often spent time at their…

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