Last Dutch Sobibór survivor (96) died
Selma Wijnberg, the last Dutch survivor of the German extermination camp Sobibór in Poland, died at the age of 96. Her family let this Tuesday to the NOS.
Selma Wijnberg, the last Dutch survivor of the German extermination camp Sobibór in Poland, died at the age of 96. Her family let this Tuesday to the NOS .
Wijnberg was deported from Camp Westerbork to Poland on 9 April 1943, according to the NOS . The woman managed to escape from the Sobibor death camp in October that year during an uprising.
More than two hundred prisoners managed to escape the camp. Almost fifty of them survived the Second World War. In Sobibor more than 250,000 Jews were murdered during the war. 34,000 of them came from the Netherlands.
Wijnberg returned to the Netherlands after the war with her Polish partner Chaim Engel, whom she had met in Sobibór. They married in Zwolle.
She was no longer considered Dutch by the aliens police because of the marriage. The woman threatened to be expelled from the country and her husband did not get a residence permit. Because the two also could not live in Poland, they emigrated to Israel. In 1951 they left permanently to the United States.
Wijnberg was appointed Knight in the Order of Orange Nassau in 2010. She received the award in the former camp Westerbork. During that meeting Wijnberg also received an apology from the Dutch government for the way she had been treated after the war.
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