Sometimes I come across pictures which are so vivid that they seem like they are not pictures, but real. And then knowing what the fate is of those in the picture, I feel like just giving them a hug and tell them everything will be fine.
But I know that couldn’t be further from the truth. The baby in the pictures is Margaretha Rebecca van Moppes. She would have celebrated her 82nd birthday today. However, the Nazis didn’t deem her to be a human being.
What I find even more disturbing is that little Margaretha looks like one of my grand nieces, in fact she could be her sister. I realize that if the Holocaust had occurred decades later, it so easily could have been one of my children or family that would have been victims.
The other lady in the pictures is Seraphina Rebecca van Moppes-Wolf, Margaretha’s mother. These tow ladies don’t only symbolize the murder of innocent lives but also the senseless destruction of beauty.
Margaretha and Seraphina were transported from Westerbork to Auschwitz on September 3,1944. They were both murdered when they arrived on September 6,1944. Margaretha was aged 4, her mother was aged 29.