An 82-year-old Dutchman has finally received a farewell letter written by his father in 1943 as he prepared to be deported to a concentration camp in Germany, news agency AP reports.
Joop Will was 10 when his father Peter was seized by the Nazis as a member of the resistance. The letter, written in pencil, was folded into Peter Will’s wallet and was recovered by the British army when it liberated the camp.
It ended up in a Red cross archive in Germany and since 2007 researchers have been given access to the finds.
In October, the ITS began putting its archive online and Peter Will’s belongings were among the 50,000 images posted. That led, eventually, to the letter being handed over to the family.
The contents of the letter are being kept secret.
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