Stories from hiding

Stories from hiding are the stories of Jewish people in hiding. Photographs and objects are on display in this exhibition of Herinneringscentrum Kamp Westerbork., NIOD, Verzetsmuseum Amsterdam and Fries Verzetsmuseum. Part of this has never been shown before.

In order to facilitate places to hide in the Second World War, money, relations and hundreds of shelters were necessary. Also courage and the will to meet with an uncertain future, isolated in a small room, on a loft or in a hole.

About 25,000 Jews took the plunge. Part of them were caught by betrayal, accidental discovery or lack of money. They were send to camp Westerbork and were deported to camps in the East. Approximately 16,000 Jews survived the war, by going into hiding.

French lessons
Quotes and photographs are crucial in the exhibition and bring the experience of hiding closer.

‘To be frank, I had no idea what that was, going into hiding. I don’t even know I had heard the word before.’
- Truus Stern-van Zuiden –

Whilst being in hiding in Veenhuizen, French lessons were given to Truus van Zuiden by her ‘mother in hiding’, Eef van der Linden. She received these lessons in the little room, where Truus was staying. The little notebook she used for writing the words down, is on display in the exhibition.

Photographs from hiding
Never shown before and very special, are the photographs from hiding, made in the Statenkwartier in The Hague. Main actors are the Jewish couple Paul and Selma Stibbe-de Raaij and the occupants of the premises, Mr. and Mrs. Hof. Officially Betty Hof was the sole occupant, because her husband Eddy had to hide in his own house to escape forced labour in Germany.