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Van Pragh, Polak, Elias, and Wertheim families collection

Document | Accession Number: 2016.158.1

Photographs: depicting Van Praagh and Polak families from Scheveningen (The Hague); Leo was born on July 6, 1930, a third child of Maurits Van Praagh, b. Sept.24,1902 and Judith Polak Van Praagh, b. June 29, 1903. Leo has two older sisters: Rosalie, b. March 20, 1925 and Bela, b. December 8, 1927 and a younger brother Benjamin Bob, born Nov. 16, 1935. Leo contracted polio as a baby and he was operated on many times. In July 1942 Leo’s parents arranged a hiding place for him in Hilversum, with a nurse. Judith, his mother joined Leo after a short while. Unfortunately the nurse married a pastor who was a collaborator and denounced many Jews. Leo was placed on a farm with Pieter Linders, where he was treated very well. Rosa and Bela were hidden separately and Maurits was hiding on a farm. In June 1945 Judith came to pick Leo and miraculously all members of the family survived. But they were the only ones who survived; all cousins, aunts, uncles and grandparents were deported and murdered. Leo immigrated to Israel in 1950, where he met and married in 1952 Eva Sophia Frankenhuis, b. May 3, 1924; they have two children: son who is a physician and a daughter, a teacher. Eva died on Oct. 8, 2012 and Leo resides in Beit Juliana in Herzliya, where his sister Bela Menco resides as well. The collection also contains a photocopy of the diary by Tesi Wertheim.

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United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Leo Van Praagh
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