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“I never took history seriously. I thought – it’s in the past, why should I care? But I can honestly say that you have sparked a light of passion in me for what happened in the past.” –Student Audience Member
Anneke Bloomfield was born on April 19th, 1935, in The Hague, The Netherlands. Her father worked for Shell Oil Company, while her mother was a retired schoolteacher. Anneke had three brothers and a sister, and they lived in a Jewish neighborhood until Anneke’s father decided that they should move to a townhouse, as tensions towards Jews started to increase. They also started attending a new church and a Christian school, leading those around them to believe they were Christian.
Evelyn Diamont was born January 21, 1936 in Vienna, Austria. Her father, Joseph, was an engineer and her mother, Frieda, was a housewife. In March of 1938, the Nazi marched into Austria and annexed it as part of Germany. Hitler’s persecution and murder of Jews was rampant in Vienna and after being tipped off that Joseph was to be deported within twenty-four hours, Joseph gathered then two year old Evie and Frieda and fled to Riga, Latvia.
Leslie Aigner was born in 1929 in a town of Czechoslovakia called Novezamky. He grew up with his parents and two sisters, at times when his father was busy at work, Leslie would go with him to help him out moving furniture, to make deliveries to merchants, and meet the freight trains when they came into the station.
Ruth’s parents knew they had to get out of Bohemia when anti-semitism started to become prevalent, so they moved to a town near Prague. Her father was able to go to Prague because he had been born there, but Ruth’s mother hired a moving van and hid in the furniture to smuggle herself into Prague.