Victory ribbon distributed by Canadian troops in the Netherlands given to a young child who had lived in hiding
Nij Beets (Netherlands)
- Object Type
- Credit Line
- United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Miep Kaempfer-van Engel
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.
Record last modified: 2018-06-08 10:06:51
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Also in Miep Kaempfer-van Engel collection
The collection consists of artifacts, documents, and photographs relating to the experience of Miep Kaempfer-van Engel as a hidden child in the Netherlands during and after the Holocaust.
Papers consist of material relating to the experiences of Miep van Engel as a hidden child in the Netherlands during the Holocaust. Included is an announcement, with an affixed photograph, written by Bernard van Engel (donor's father) looking for his daughter after World War II; photograph of van Engel with her rescuer; clipping and articles from Dutch newspapers; a ration card used by the Hellinga family who hid van Engel; and illegal announcements published by the Dutch underground with whom Dirk and Sjoukje Hellinga [donor's rescuers] were actively involved.