Simon Herman van den Bergh would have been 80 today.
He would have reached 960 months today.
He would have reached 29,200 days today, plus an additional 20 days if you include leap years.
But Simon Herman van den Bergh didn’t even reach 2 years. He didn’t even reach 19 months.
He was born on December 14,1941 in Amsterdam and he was murdered on July 2,1943 in Sobibor.
On December 19.1941 his proud parents announced his arrival in “Het Joodsche Weekblad” the Jewish weekly. With the words “With gladness we would like to announce the birth of our Son .Simon Herman” It also gives the Dutch date of birth 14 December 1941 as well as the Jewish date 24 Kislew 5702.
His parents knew the uncertainty of their and his future. But could they have envisaged that their baby boy would have been considered a threat to the security of the Nazi regime? Maybe, they did. But poor little Simon wasn’t a threat to anyone, nor were any of the 1.5 million children murdered by the Nazis.
Happy Birthday Dear Simon. Tonight I will look up at the stars and will say a prayer for you, that is the only present I can give you.