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Holocaust Memorial Observances
April 22 - 29, 2018

Featured Speaker: Dr. Alfred Münzer, Holocaust Survivor


Photo Credit: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Alfred Münzer



Alfred Münzer was born on November 23, 1941 in The Hague, Netherlands. Alfred survived the Holocaust because he was rescued by an Indonesian family living in the Netherlands. His father, Simcha, owned a men’s tailoring business and his mother, Gisele, remained at home to look after Alfred and his two older sisters, Eva and Leah. On May 21, 1942 Alfred’s father was ordered to report to a German labor camp but evaded the order by checking himself into the hospital for a hernia operation. By September it became apparent that the entire family would need to go into hiding. Simcha faked a suicide attempt in order to be committed to a psychiatric hospital near The Hague. Meanwhile, Gisele sold the family’s possessions and settled her children with friends and neighbors before joining Simcha at the hospital as a nurse’s assistant. Eva and Leah were placed with the friend of a neighbor, but in early 1944 the woman’s husband denounced her and the girls to the authorities. All three were arrested and sent to Westerbork. On February 8, 1944 eight year old Eva and six year old Leah were deported to Auschwitz where they were killed three days later.

Alfred was put in the care of a friend named Annie Madna, who placed him with her sister. However, after a month Annie’s sister became too nervous to keep him. Annie then placed Alfred with her ex-husband, Tolé, a native of Indonesia. For the next three years Alfred remained in Tolé’s home, looked after by their housekeeper, Mima Saïna, who became his surrogate mother. The Madnas treated him as one of their own children, but he was not allowed to leave the house for fear that someone might see him and become suspicious. Despite their difference in appearance, the blond-haired, blue-eyed Alfred had no sense of being different from the rest of his Indonesian-Dutch family and he was too young to question why he was hidden in the cellar when the Gestapo came to the house.




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