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Vera Nathans Semel papers

 Collection
Identifier: Mss 1065-016

Collection Overview

Photographs, birth certificates, marriage certificates, identity cards, passports, and other papers of Vera Nathans Semel, a Dutch Jew who survived World War II in hiding. Most papers, including birth and marriage certificates, relate to Nathans's maternal family, the Paerls. Pre-war photographs show Nathans's maternal grandparents and uncle in Amsterdam; post-war photographs show her, her parents, husband, and children in Beverwijk and Bussum, both in the Netherlands, and in Scarsdale, New York.

Dates

  • 1830-1996

Creator

Language of Material

Materials in Dutch and English

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Copyright Notice

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Biographical Note

Vera Nathans was born in Amsterdam, Netherlands, on August 1, 1943. Her parents, Ans and Hemmy Nathans, were forced to place her in hiding with two nurses from a children's hospital in Haarlem, Netherlands, before they were deported to Bergen-Belsen. Nathans was hidden with two other children, including a boy nearly the same age named Nico Visjager. One of the nurses, Corrie Blauuw, claimed that Nathans and Visjager were her illegitimate twins. Nathans's parents survived Bergen-Belsen and Vera rejoined them in Beverwijk, Netherlands.

Nathans married Sandy Semel in 1965 in Bussum, Netherlands. The couple relocated to Scarsdale, New York, and had three children, Susan, David, and Adam.

Extent

0.25 linear feet (5 folders)

Abstract

Photographs, birth certificates, marriage certificates, identity cards, passports, and other papers of Vera Nathans Semel, a Dutch Jew who survived World War II in hiding. Most papers, including birth and marriage certificates, relate to Nathans's maternal family, the Paerls. Pre-war photographs show Nathans's maternal grandparents and uncle in Amsterdam; post-war photographs show her, her parents, husband, and children in Beverwijk and Bussum, both in the Netherlands, and in Scarsdale, New York.

Collection Arrangement

Materials are described at the folder level.

Acquisitions Information

Materials donated in 2000 by Vera Semel.

Alternate Form of Materials

Digital reproduction available online in the Lowcountry Digital Library.

Processing Information

Processed by Rebecca McClure, July 2011.

Title
Inventory of the Vera Nathans Semel Papers, 1830-1996
Status
Completed
Author
Processed by: Rebecca McClure; machine-readable finding aid created by: Rebecca McClure
Date
2011
Description rules
DACS
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Sponsor
Funding from the Council on Library and Information Resources supported the processing of this collection and encoding of the finding aid.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

Contact:
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