This morning I read a news article, headlined Searching for Sophia.
Photo courtesy of the Shukiar family
The news article begins with this quote:
Nine- year-old Sophia van Hasselt lined up to die with the other prisoners [at Auschwitz].
She and her parents, Simon and Geertje, and her older sister, Hermi, had been taken from the small village of Haulerwijk in the Netherlands and led to a gas chamber at the Nazi-controlled Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland on Feb. 12, 1943.
In a black-and-white photograph [shown above] snapped three years before her murder, Sophia, dressed as a bridesmaid at the double wedding of her aunts and uncles, smiled and stood close to her family.
The news article is a bit confusing. At least, to me, it is. Is the date Feb. 12, 1943, the date of their arrival, and also the date that they were gassed? Or just the date of their arrival?
I didn’t know that the Nazis kept the names, as well as the dates that the Jews were gassed. Was a whole train load of Jews, except for a few that were saved by Dr. Mengele, gassed on the date of arrival? Yes, according to the official Holocaust story, which you must believe in 19 countries if you don’t want to go to prison for 5 or more years. Allegedly, the Auschwitz-Birkenau gas chambers could handle 2,000 Jews at a time.
I have blogged several times, in the past, about the Dutch Jews:
On my website, I wrote about the Dutch Jews who were sent to the Star Camp at Bergen-Belsen:
Star Camp (Sternlager)
Approximately 4,000 Jewish prisoners, mostly from the Netherlands, lived in the Star camp, where conditions were somewhat better than in other parts of Bergen-Belsen. In the Star camp, the prisoners wore a yellow Star of David on their own clothes instead of the usual blue and gray striped prison uniform, but they did have to work, even the old people, according to the Memorial Site.
The following quote is from Eberhard Kolb’s book Bergen-Belsen from 1943 to 1945:
From the Dutch “transit camp'” at Westerbork all those inmates were transported to Bergen-Belsen who were on one of the coveted “ban lists”, above all the “Palestine list”, the “South America list”, or the “dual citizenship list”.
Holders of the so-called “Stamp 120000” were also taken to Bergen-Belsen, i.e. Jews with proven connections to enemy states, Jews who had delivered up large properties, diamond workers and diamond dealers who were held back from transportation to an extermination camp but who were not allowed to go abroad, as well as so-called “Jews of merit”.
A total of 3670 “exchange Jews” of these categories, always with their families were deported from Westerbork to Bergen-Belsen in eight transports between January and September 1944.
According to Kolb, there were only 6,000 Dutch Jews who returned home after the war, out of a total of 110,000 who were deported by the Nazis. 20,000 more Dutch Jews survived by going into hiding until the war was over. More than a third of those who survived the camps were inmates of the Bergen-Belsen Star Camp.