Waterman and Keizer family papers
Collection of photographs and documents relating to the Waterman and Keizer families of Amsterdam before World War II, during the war in the Westerbork camp and in France, and after the war.
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- United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Rodi Waters Glass
Record last modified: 2023-02-24 13:41:00
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Also in Martin and Sophie Keizer Waterman family collection
The collection consists of a flashlight, documents, and photographs relating to the experiences of Meijer and Sophia Frederika Keizer Waterman, their daughter, Roosje, and other family members in the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and the Westerbork transit camp, and the Vittel internment camp in France before, during, and after the Holocaust. Some of these materials may be combined into a single collection in the future.
Pocket flashlight used by 7 year old Roosje Waterman and her family when they were imprisoned in Westerbork transit and Vittel internment camps. The flashlight required no batteries; the light went on when you pushed the hand pump and off when you released it. Meijer, his wife, Sophie, and their 6 year old daughter, Roosje, were arrested on September 25, 1942, in German occupied Amsterdam and taken to Westerbork. Roosje’s maternal grandfather, Samuel Keizer, found German officials willing to accept diamonds in exchange for their release in October. In 1943, they were arrested with Sophie's parents and two of her sisters and sent to Westerbork. Some family members held British passports because they were born in London. They convinced the Germans that they were all British citizens and, in March 1944, they were deported to Vittel internment camp in France. The camp was liberated by the Allies in September 1944 and the family returned to Amsterdam.
Documents issued to Frederika Keizer and Meijer Waterman and their daughter Roosje [donor] in the Westerbork transit camp in the Netherlands, and the Vittel internment camp in France; also includes post-liberation and repatriation documents issued to the family. Includes photographs of the Waterman and Keizer families taken in the Netherlands and the United Kingdom, where Frederika was born.