8 May 1945—Not VE Day for Everyone

Victory in Europe Day referred to as VE Day, was the formal acceptance by the Allies of World War II of Germany’s unconditional surrender of its armed forces on Tuesday, 8 May 1945. It marks the official end of World War II in Europe.

For many, that day came too late. Some died that day because of the evil inflicted on them by the Nazis. One of those was Isaac Davids.

Isaac Davids, the twin brother of Joseph Davids, was the son of Louis Davids and Jetje Moscoviter. He was born on 2 October 1915 in Rotterdam. On 24 May 1939, the 23-year-old Isaac married the non-Jewish Wilhelmina Cornelia Waaijer, the 16-year-old daughter of Franciscus Waaijer and Johanna Elisabeth Pons, in Rotterdam. They had two children, Franciska in 1938 and Jettie in 1940.

Not much else is known about the Davids-Waaijer family, nor whether the family had to move to The Hague after the bombing of Rotterdam on 14 May 1940. The archives of the Jewish Council do show that Isaac Davids lived in 1944 at 75 Poeldijkschestraat in The Hague. Apparently, he was arrested there on 29 March 1944 for an offence and taken to Westerbork, where he was locked up in the penal barrack 67. A few days later, on 5 April, Isaac Davids was put on a penal transport to Theresienstadt, possibly because of his mixed marriage, he was not sent to Auschwitz.

On 5 April 1944, a train departed from Westerbork to five different destinations. 240 Jews were in freight wagons to Auschwitz, 101 Jews were in two passenger carriages headed to Bergen-Belsen, and 289 Jews were in two carriages to Theresienstadt. In addition, one wagon containing 41 women and children went to Ravensbrück, and another wagon of 28 men, mostly Romanian Jews went to Buchenwald. In Assen, freight wagons were coupled with 625 Jews from Belgium for Auschwitz.

Isaac Davids finally lost his life on 8 May 1945 in Theresienstadt. His twin brother Joseph survived the war.



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