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Victory ribbon distributed by Canadian troops in the Netherlands given to a young child who had lived in hiding

Object | Accession Number: 2006.221.2

Liberation ribbon given to 6 year old Miep van Engel in May 1945. It was distributed by Canadian troops after their liberation of the Netherlands. The country had occupied in May 1940 by Nazi Germany. In 1943, Miep’s father, Bernard, decided that the family needed to go into hiding because his employer, Phillips Electronics, could no longer keep Jewish employees exempt from deportation. With the assistance of the underground movement, Miep was sent to live with a Protestant family, Dirk and Sjoukje Hellinga, in Nij Beets in Friesland. They got her false identification documents and she was able to go to school. She remained with the Hellinga’s until the end of 1945, when Bernard was able to find a place to live with Miep and her older brother, Max, who had been hidden with different Dutch families.

received:  1945 May
received: Nij Beets (Netherlands)
Decorative Arts
Object Type
Ribbons (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Miep Kaempfer-van Engel
Record last modified: 2021-02-10 08:59:46
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