Anneke Bloomfield (b. 1935)
Anneke Bloomfield was born on April 19, 1935, in The Hague in the Netherlands. Anneke’s father worked for Shell Oil, while her mother (a retired schoolteacher) stayed at home with Anneke and her three brothers. Anneke also had a younger sister who was born right at the end of the war.
When Anneke’s father realized what was happening to the Jews throughout Europe, he made every effort to remove Judaism from his family’s life. They moved from the Jewish section of town to the Christian section. They stopped going to temple and instead went to church on Sundays. Anneke and her siblings were taken out of Jewish day school and put into Christian schools. And her father even started working in the church library so that community members would see him and think he was Christian.
Immediately after Anneke’s fifth birthday, the war began. Fearing for the safety of his family, Anneke’s father found families that would take his children in and hide them throughout the war. Anneke was moved three times to different homes. The third time Anneke was sent away, she went north on a bus full of other children. Unfortunately, the bus was mistaken for a German bus and consequently fired on by allied forces. Anneke and seven other children survived to continue on their journey to the homes where they would spend the remainder of the war. Finally, in the spring of 1945, the German soldiers in the town where she was staying were replaced by English, Canadian, and American soldiers who. Several weeks later Anneke was sent back home to her family in The Hague.
After the war ended Anneke’s oldest brother left for Alberta, Canada. When she was 20 years old, Anneke followed in his footsteps and settled in Canada herself where she married, had a son, and eventually moved to Phoenix, Arizona. 19 years later, Anneke moved to California before retiring here in Portland, Oregon.