I always try to keep my emotions out of it when I write about the Holocaust, but I often fail. How could I not get emotional when I see a picture of a baby who was murdered.
Donald was born in Amsterdam, on 30 March 1941 .He was murdered in Sobibor, on 11 June 1943., aged 2.
His Father was Meindert Davids and his Mother was Alida Davids-Hoost.
Meindert Davids was born on 23 April 1911 in Rotterdam .He was the son of David Davids and Betje Godschalk. Meindert married Alida Hoost, on 3 July 1940 in Aamsterdam.Alida was born on 1 December 1917 in Amsterdam. She was the daughter of Godschalk Hoost and Leentje Beugeltas. The couple had one child, their pride and Joy Donald, who was born on 30 March 1941 in Amsterdam.
On 17 February 1943, Meindert, Alida and their baby boy Donald were deported from their house on the Waverstraat to concentration camp Vught. From the registration card of the Jewish Council archive of Meindert Davids, it shows that he has been transferred on 21 May 1943 from Vught to the Moerdijk Command, a satellite command of Vught, and subsequently to to Vught and then to Westerbork where he steyd in barrack 62. On 21 September Meindert was put on transport to Auschwitz.
Where he was immediately murdered in the gas chambers of Auschwitz-Birkenau, upon arrival on September 24,1943
Little Donald and his Mother were sent to Westerbork on the 7th of June 1943.
Donald Davids was deported to Sobibor, together with his mother on the 8th June 1943 with the so-called children’s transport.
There were about 3000 people on that transport. Below is the breakdown of the age groups.
Off the 3000 people, 2743 are murdered in Sobibor. 17 Others are murdered elsewhere
Donald Davids is murdered on June 11.1943 He reached the age of 2 years. Another 3000+ Dutch Jews were murdered in Sobibor that day.
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