It’s their birthday today, but they were murdered before the age of 6.

I was going to do a piece on Nora Italiaander. She would have celebrated her 80th birthday today, but she was murdered on June 4,1943 in Sobibor. She was just aged 2. The picture above is of her death notification issued on the 11th of June 1947, 4 years after her death. But like NoraContinue reading “It’s their birthday today, but they were murdered before the age of 6.”

Clara de Vries-Jazz Musician murdered in Auschwitz.

It is funny sometimes how you are researching one thing and it leads you to something completely different.I was looking at the origin of a Dutch TV show called ‘Ter land.ter zee en in de lucht” which translates to on the land, in the sea and in the air. It was a light-hearted entertainment showContinue reading “Clara de Vries-Jazz Musician murdered in Auschwitz.”

David Friedmann;painting to survive-My interview with his daughter Miriam.

David Friedmann’s story is not just a story of dealing with the horrors of the Holocaust but also a story of a second chance and hopes despite immense grief and hardships. The artist David Friedmann was born in Mährisch Ostrau, Austria (now Ostrava, Czech Republic), but moved to Berlin in 1911. In 1944, Friedman wasContinue reading “David Friedmann;painting to survive-My interview with his daughter Miriam.”

Moshe Flinker- a school boy’s diary.

Education is often seen as a human right and it really should be, but so often it is a privilege taken away from many. Moshe Flinker was a teenager born in the Hague, in the Netherlands on October 9, 1926. He had a particular talent for language,he studied eight languages including Hebrew. The language heContinue reading “Moshe Flinker- a school boy’s diary.”

Otto Frank

On this day 40 years ago. Otto Frank passed away, aged 91. On may 15 1945 he wrote the following letter while on board the Monowai steamship. This was exactly 5 years after the Dutch had capitulated to the Germans. “The closer we get to home the greater our impatience to hear from our lovedContinue reading “Otto Frank”

I am Annie

I am Annie Nakache. My Father,Alfre Nakache was a famous Olympic swimmer. In 1936 he competed in the Berlin Olympic games for France. In July 1941 he set the world record in the 200 metre breaststroke with a time of 2:36.8. But his biggest achievement happened on August 12,1941. He became a father that day.Continue reading “I am Annie”

The August 11 Krakow pogrom.

Today marks the 75th anniversary of the August 11 Krakow pogrom. August 11,1945, as you can see this is a date after Poland was liberated ,in fact it is nearly 4 months after the war in Europe had ended. The text below comes directly from 2 sources, which I also shall link at the bottomContinue reading “The August 11 Krakow pogrom.”

Farmers,professors,locksmiths and other ordinary men turned evil.

I know it is easy to call people like Rudolf Höss and others who worked in Auschwitz monters, and to en extent I can understand that, I have done so in the past. However when you call them monsters you take the risk of given them an excuse for their acts, because we only expectContinue reading “Farmers,professors,locksmiths and other ordinary men turned evil.”

15 Month enemy of the state

I wish I could explain why this 15 month old girl was an enemy of the state, but I can’t I wish I cold explain why this 15 month girl was an enemy of the French state ,but I can’t. I wish I could explain why this 15 month old girl was an enemy ofContinue reading “15 Month enemy of the state”

I am

I am a child I am innocent I am a daughter. I am a primary school pupil I am a young girl. I am a human being I am human I am a child with a whole future ahead of herself I am a potential future painter,decorator,dentist, neurosurgeon,homemaker,artist,musician,dancer,actress, virologist, someone who finds the cure forContinue reading “I am”