The Rooselaar Family-Murdered April 2.1943 in Sobibor.

I wish I could tell you a long story about the Rooselaar family, but I can’t. However the few things I do know I will tell you because it is a chilling tale of evil and destruction.

The Rooselaar family lived in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. They were moved or rather deported to Westerbork at some stage. I know this because on March 30th 1943 the whole family were put on transport from Westerbork to Sobibor. They arrived in Sobibor on April 2nd 1943, where they were all murdered upon arrival.

The family were:

Father -Hartog Rooselaar born in Amsterdam, on 23 July 1900.Reached the age of 42 years, occupation: Furniture maker.

Mother -Anna Rooselaar-Presser born in Amsterdam, 3 July 1904.Reached the age of 38 years

Son-Salomon Rooselaar born in Amsterdam, 14 September 1930.Reached the age of 12 years.

Son-Barend Rooselaar born in Amsterdam, 30 June 1932. Reached the age of 10 years.

Daughter-Estella Rooselaar born in Amsterdam, 9 July 1936. Reached the age of 6 years.

Son-Eduard Rooselaar born in Amsterdam, 6 October 1938.Reached the age of 4 years.

All 6 members of the Rooselaar family were put on the March 3rd 1943 transport to Sobibor, but they weren’t the only ones. In total there were 1246 people who were on that transport.

On April 2nd 1943,1252 Dutch Jews were murdered in Sobibor. 113 were 18 years or younger. Among them were, Jacob de Vries born in The Hague on April 13.1941. He was 11 days away from his 2nd birthday when he was murdered.

Isidore Kiek born in Hilversum, 17 February 1932 .Reached the age of 11 years.

The oldest of those 133 children would have been 97 today. This means they all could have been still alive on April 2,2022.

On October 14, 1943, some 300 Jewish labourers at the camp rose in revolt and killed several SS supervisors and Ukrainian guards. Many inmates were killed during the rebellion or in the attempt to escape. All who remained were executed the following day. The Nazis dismantled the installations and planted the area with trees. Only about 50 Sobibor prisoners ultimately survived the war.

Imagine if the camp had remained open until the end of the war? More then 34,000 Dutch Jews were murdered in Sobibor which closed in November 1943. It had only be operational for just over 18 months.

Just over 56,000 Dutch Jews were murdered in Auschwitz ,which closed in January 1945.



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