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Kosher cookbook buried by a newlywed couple for safekeeping and recovered after the war

Object | Accession Number: 2012.242.2

Illustrated kosher cookbook received by Lennie Kropveld as a wedding present upon her marriage to Rabbi Yitzchak Jedwab in July 1942 in Aalten, Netherlands, and buried underground when they went into hiding. When Nazi Germany invaded the Netherlands in May 1940, Lennie was living with her parents, Aaron and Bertha. In the summer of 1942, the Germans began deporting the Jewish population and Aaron decided they must go into hiding. He insisted that Lennie and her fiance get married that July before going into hiding together at a farm in October. Her parents and four brothers went into hiding at two other farms. In September 1943, Lennie had a son, Aaron. When he was twelve hours old, they placed him in the custody of the Dutch underground. He was hidden in the home of Jan and Dela Wikkerink, resistance members with eight children of their own. Jan later was imprisoned for resistance activities, but the underground broke him out of jail. In retaliation, the Germans set his house on fire. Dela saved the baby and they all got out safely. Aalten was liberated by British forces in March 1945. Lennie and Yitzchak were reunited with their two and half year old son. Lennie’s parents and siblings also survived. Lennie, Yitzchak, and Aaron immigrated to the United States in 1948.

Alternate Title
Geïllustreerd ritueel kookboek met diëetrecepten : 90 figuren en afbeeldingen
publication/distribution:  1932
recovered:  1945
publication: Amsterdam (Netherlands)
recovery: Aalten (Netherlands)
Object Type
Cookbooks (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Lennie Kropveld Jade
Record last modified: 2020-09-15 08:45:27
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