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Postage stamp for use by a Dutch resistance member to forge identity cards

Object | Accession Number: 2010.441.83

Postage stamp for use by Gerry van Heel to forge documents for the Dutch resistance and for Jewish people living in hiding in Eindhoven, Holland. On May 10, 1940, Germany invaded the Netherlands. By summer 1942, the Germans were deporting Jews to concentration camps. Gerry and his wife Molly aided resistance efforts by hiding wounded English pilots, Dutch Army officers, and Jews. In the fall of 1942, Molly urged her friend, Dora Kann, to go into hiding. Molly and Gerald hid Dora's young daughters, 12 year old Elise and 8 year old Judith; their brothers, 14 year old Otto and 5 year old Jacob, were hidden in different homes. Gerry stole legal identification cards and official administrative stamps and used them to forge ID cards. He replaced the photos and personal information and made his own ink and paper. On September 18, 1944, Eindhoven was liberated by the US 101st Airborne Division. Elise and Dora's mother had died of tuberculosis and their father, Jacob, was killed in Auschwitz-Birkenau. After the war ended in May 1945, Molly sent Elise and Judith to live with their maternal grandmother, Juliette Spanjaard-Polak, where they were reunited with their brothers.

use:  approximately 1942-1944
use: Eindhoven (Netherlands)
Exchange Media
Postage stamps
Object Type
Postage stamps (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Elise Kann Jaeger
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 18:26:28
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