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Magnus and van Oosten families papers

Document | Accession Number: 2016.97.1

The Magnus and van Oosten family papers consist of correspondence, certificates, printed material, and photographs, related to the experiences of the extended family of Sary Melles (née Magnus) during the German occupation of the Netherlands during World War II. The collection includes correspondence from her brother, Ibertus Magnus, written shortly before and during his imprisonment by the Germans, first in Assen, the Netherlands, and then at Buchenwald, as well as a notification of his death and a death certificate. Also included is a brochure that documents the jazz band that he performed with prior to the war. The collection also includes documents from Melles’ aunt, Johanna van Oosten, such as her business card, but primarily consisting of correspondence she sent to the Magnus family, who were in hiding, during the time that van Oosten was interned at the Westerbork camp. Correspondence also includes a postcard written by van Oosten, and thrown off of the train, during her transport to Auschwitz, describing conditions in the train car, her sons’ fear of the impending transport, and thanking her family. This letter was found and mailed to Melles’ family, who were in hiding at the time. Also includes identification cards for Melles' parents, Roosje and Noach Magnus, including a false identification card used by the latter under the name of Andries Zijlstra.

inclusive:  1940-1942
11 folders
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Sary Melles
Record last modified: 2023-02-24 14:26:22
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