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Philips dynamo hand generator flashlight used by a Dutch Jewish family in prison camps

Object | Accession Number: 2008.200.2

Pocket flashlight used by 7 year old Roosje Waterman and her family when they were imprisoned in Westerbork transit and Vittel internment camps. The flashlight required no batteries; the light went on when you pushed the hand pump and off when you released it. Meijer, his wife, Sophie, and their 6 year old daughter, Roosje, were arrested on September 25, 1942, in German occupied Amsterdam and taken to Westerbork. Roosje’s maternal grandfather, Samuel Keizer, found German officials willing to accept diamonds in exchange for their release in October. In 1943, they were arrested with Sophie's parents and two of her sisters and sent to Westerbork. Some family members held British passports because they were born in London. They convinced the Germans that they were all British citizens and, in March 1944, they were deported to Vittel internment camp in France. The camp was liberated by the Allies in September 1944 and the family returned to Amsterdam.

Date
approximately 1940  (manufacture)
1942-1944  (use)
Geography
use : Westerbork (Concentration camp); Westerbork (Netherlands)
use : Vittel (Concentration camp); Vittel (France)
Language
English
French
Classification
Furnishings and Furniture
Category
Lighting devices
Object Type
Flashlights (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Rodi Waters Glass
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Record last modified: 2018-10-24 14:07:06
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