The diary of a Jewish woman, picked up by the Nazis in 1943 and deported to the Sobibor extermination camp in Poland, has been published for the first time.
Klaartje de Zwarte-Walvisch, a seamstress, was 32 when she was arrested in Amsterdam. Her diary was found by researchers working on an Nos tv programme about World War II last year.
She began writing down her experiences on the day she and her husband were picked up. Her brother in law took the papers when De Zwarte-Walvisch was put on board the train to Sobibor in early July. She died soon afterwards in the gas chambers.
‘I really hope that all I have written down will one day reach the outside world,’ she wrote in the diary. The Volkskrant says the diary is important because of the ‘detailed and raw’ descriptions of life in the Vught and Westerbork concentration camp in the Netherlands.
The book has been published by Balans publishers under the name Alles ging aan flarden (everything in tatters).
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