Esther Kornalijnslijper

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"War lasts a very long time," Esther Kornalijnslijper realized even as a child of seven.

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Esther Kornalijnslijper

  • concentration camp

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  • hiding

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  • Duration: 60 minutes
  • Region: Utrecht
  • Compensation: € 45,00 (including € 10,00 discount private donation)
  • Travel expenses: € 0,29 p/k
  • Institutions: to be further agreed upon

Where did that come from? She had no idea! For example, she did not know until much later that she was named after her great-grandmother who was murdered in Sobibor. And she learned much more...

Esther's Jewish family came from Amsterdam to Enkhuizen more than 100 years ago. There they became part of the small Jewish community and built up a business. Esther's grandfather Meijer Kornalijnslijper loses his first wife and child in childbirth. Shortly afterwards he married a niece of his first wife: Jansje Gans from Amsterdam. But then war broke out.

In 1941 Esther's father Levie Kornalijnslijper was born. The mayor of Enkhuizen was well disposed towards the Jews but could do little. In April 1942 the Jews from Enkhuizen had to move to Amsterdam. There they saw left and right family being rounded up and disappearing.

Early in 1943 Meijer decided to go back to Enkhuizen to go into hiding. He sent his wife by train. He himself goes on his bicycle in the dark of the night. But first he brings their 5-month-old son Levie to strangers. Levie is now called Leo'tje, his hair is still blond, and he goes into hiding in the lion's den in Amsterdam.

A very strange time began, in which they did not know whether they would ever see their child again. And whether they themselves will survive the war...

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