Monthly magazine. Issue dedicated to the visit of HRH Princess Juliana at the Jewish Hospital. Front page has is illustrated with an hospital shone on by a sun with the Royal monogram of princess Juliana (letter J surmounted by a crown). The central illustration is surrounded by oranges and leaves. On top right of the page is a symbol with Star of David flanked by a "J" and an "I' with, in the centre of the star, a crown and three "x" under it. On the top left side is the coat of arm of the Royal family of the Netherlands with the motto "Je maintiendrai" (=I will maintain). Narrative: The Jewish Hospital (also The Jewish Invalids) was an institution for nursing Jewish elderly and disabled in Amsterdam. The association was founded in 1911. A new building on Weesperplein was inaugurated on September 19, 1937, and was nicknamed the Glass Palace. It was in use until March 1, 1943, when 256 people (patients and staff) were deported. Only a few people managed to escape. A large part of the deportees was murdered in Sobibor on March 13, 1943. The vacant building was occupied by the city of Amsterdam as a hospital.
B&w photograph with a white border. An outdoor scene, in which a family is walking along the Promande des Anglais in Nice on a sunny day. From left to right, Maurice Shenkier, Sam Shenkier, Alice Eckstein and Irene Eckstein Gruenstein are shown.
Narrative: Sam Shenkier and Alice Eckstein were the donor's parents. Irene Eckstein Gruenstein was related to the donor's mother, but it is unclear what kind of family relation they had.
Certificate attesting that Judka-Leib Beer and his three children are naturalized French citizens. The document is printed in black ink. A postage stamp is found on the bottom left of the document. The stamp says Taxes Communales, 10 Francs. Narrative: Judka-Leib Beer was born in 1877 in Warsaw. He was married to Liba Gudrot and had three children named Hélène, Arthur and Ezosza. He was the donor's grandfather.
One page of lined paper. Handwritten in black ink about unobtainable Irish Visa for Sophie Philipson. Narrative: In the 1920’s Serge and Sophie Philipson (nee Orbach) left Berlin for Paris due to rising antisemitism. On July 15, 1930 their daughter Rachel was born. Serge, Sophie and Rachel were Polish citizen, they never got either the German or the French citizenship. In Paris, Serge worked for Les Modes Modernes, the hat factory of his brother-in-law, Henri. When an opportunity to expand the business in Ireland arose, Serge moved to Galway. The new factory opened in July 1938. In August 1939, Sophie, Rachel, and 4 other family members (Rachel’s cousin Stéphane, his maternal grandmother Néné, Serge’s sister Esther and Serge’s sister-in-law Choura) left for Cabourg, in Normandy. After the winter 1939-1940 it became difficult to communicate with Ireland but Rachel and Sophie could still send and receive letter from Serge. At the end of winter 1940, the group moved to Néris and in July 1940, after the occupation of France by Germany, they settled in the zone libre in the village of Cauterets, on the border with Spain. They were reunited with Robert, Serge’s brother. In August 1942, 4 family members (Sophie’s sister Ella and her husband Ernest, their daughter Ruth, Serge’s siblings Robert and Esther) were arrested by local police and deported. They were not seen again. At the beginning of 1943, Sophie, her mother Augusta and Rachel moved to Maubourguet. In April 1943, they moved to Cannes in Hotel Victoria with Henri, Stéphane and Néné. Henri, Sophie and Augusta went into hiding together while cousins Stéphane and Rachel were taken care of by Néné and returned to Maubourguet. In January 1944, Henri, Sophie and Augusta were denounced and arrested. They were transferred to Marseille before being sent by train to Drancy transit camp from where they were deported. It is believed they were killed in a Polish killing centre. In 1944, Rachel moved from one place to another – under a non-Jewish identity - and continued to correspond with her father. In June 1945, she reunited with her father Ireland. They had not seen each other for 6 years. In 1951, Rachel got married. In 1954, she immigrated to Montreal.
Note : Paper : Handwritten : Ink : Beige, Grey, Black ; Ht: 7 6 in. x W: 3 1/2 in.
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September 4, 1940
1 small square page, single-sided. Document is handwritten in faded ink, with the names written in a different handwriting in two different inks. Signed in a third different ink. Document issued in St-Cyprien internment camp on September 4, 1940, states that the internee, Otto Bondy, is being escorted to Perpignan by Guard Bevan. Narrative: Otto Bondy was the father of the donor, Walter Absil. He was born in Vienna, Austria on January 1, 1897, and fled to Belgium with his family in 1938. In September 1940 he was interned with other German and Austrian Jews in St-Cyprien, but he escaped and returned to Brussels. He was deported from the Malines (Melechen) transit camp in Belgium to Auschwitz in September 1943, where he was murdered.
Book : printed, bound, photography, gilded, graphic arts : black, red, green, gold, beige ; Ht: 32,5 cm x W: 24,5 cm
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Over 350 pages (exact number unknown). Hardcover, cardboard bound. Cover is textured black, with the title printed in bright red, with green around the edges, at the centre. 2 vertical lines (1 thick, 1 thin) are at the right side of the cover. The spine is dark red cardboard, with overlaps onto the cover. The title is gilded on the spine, along with a sunburst and the roman numeral 1; there is a decorative gilded boarder at the top and bottom of the spine. The back cover is the same as the front, but with no title. There is a sticker on the inside cover (see inscriptions). The first page is a colour illustration of a city scene and a mermaid holding a sword and shield. The interior pages are beige, consisting of text, b&w photos, musical scores and b&w illustrations. The appendix pages are glossy with more text, b&w photos and illustrations.