Behind the Star:

Names identified

With the help of crowdsourcing volunteers, we were able to identify the names of the individuals in the images below. Some people were identified by their relatives, some by historians and some recognized themselves. We are very grateful to everybody who sent us information.

There are still many images in the Behind The Star collection we have not yet identified. We invite everyone to share with us as much information as possible about the persons depicted in these photographs. We are looking for names, as well as other information about those depicted in the photographs, such as dates and location. You can find the images at Behind the star - Beeldbank WO2.

If you hover your mouse over the photographs below, a textbox with information will appear. Some of the images have longer articles written about them. The link to these articles will appear in the textbox next to the photographs.

Elias Spitz

The man in the foreground on the left of the image, wearing a hat and glasses, is Elias Spitz.(Amsterdam, 1874-05-20 - 1945-01-19)
Date
19/05/1944
Beeldbank no.
66107
Identified by
Lena Neumark Spitz (Granddaughter of Elias Spitz);
R. Goud; Gerrit Slendebroek; Arnoud-Jan Bijsterveld
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66107 - Elias Spitz.jpg
Ernst Wolff - 66206.jpg

Ernst Wolff

The man second from the right is Ernst Wolff. He was a German refugee from Vreden who survived the war.
Date
Spring/summer 1942
Beeldbank no.
66206
Identified by
Mirjam Schwarz
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Kantorowicz - 96717.jpg

Margaretha Prins and Ernst Kantorowicz

According to USHMM, the couple shown in the foreground of this photograph are Margaretha Prins and her husband Ernst Kantorowicz. We have verified Kantorowicz’ identity, but are still unsure about whether the woman in the photograph is Prins. 
Date
20/06/1943
Beeldbank no.
96717
Identified by
Gerrit Netten
Kantorowicz - 96717.jpg
Eva Granaada - 96719.jpg

Eva Granaada

A relative of Eva Granaada has identified the woman on the right hand side of this photograph as Eva Granaada. However, a different woman has also been identified as Eva Granaada. Please visit the link below to read the article on our website for further details.

 Who is Eva Granaada?
Date
20/06/1943
Beeldbank no.
96719
Identified by
Alex Granaada (Relative of Eva Granaada)
Eva Granaada - 96719.jpg

Eva Granaada

A relative of Eva Granaada has identified the woman portrayed in this photograph as Eva Granaada. However, a different woman has also been identified as Eva Granaada. Please visit the link below to read the article on our website for further details.

Who is Eva Granaada?
Date
20/06/1943
Beeldbank no.
96738
Identified by
Alex Granaada (Relative of Eva Granaada)
Eva Granaada - 96738.jpg
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Eva Granaada

Multiple people have identified the woman portrayed in this photograph as Eva Granaada. However, a different woman has also been identified as Eva Granaada. Please visit the link below to read the article on our website for further details.

 Who is Eva Granaada?
Date
25/05/1943
Beeldbank no.
96718
Identified by
René Kok; Dennis van Weerdenburg; Gerrit Slendebroek 
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Delden-Loos Family

The girl wearing the skirt is Rebecca Delden. The pram on the right could be her aunt's, her father's sister Eva Wijnschenk-Delden (19 April 1910, Amsterdam - 28 May 1943, Sobibor) who lived with Samuel and Sara in their house, together with Samuel's mother as well, Leentje Delden-Ossedrijver. Eva's son Arnold Wijnschenk (8 November 1942, Amsterdam - 28 May 1943 Sobibor) was not even a year old. They were all deported and killed on the same day.
Date
20/05/1943
Beeldbank no.
96789
Identified by
Gerrit Netten
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Delden-Loos Family

This photograph shows the Delden family.

From left to right in the foreground of the image are: Sara Delden-Loos (11 April 1913, Amsterdam - 28 May 1943, Sobibor), Samuel Delden (23 December 1912, Amsterdam - 28 May 1943, Sobibor), Lena Delden (15 December 1934, Amsterdam - 28 May 1943, Sobibor), Rebecca Delden (17 September 1933, Amsterdam - 28 May 1943, Sobibor), Jacob Delden (21 January 1937, Amsterdam - 28 May 1943, Sobibor).
Date
20/05/1943
Beeldbank no.
96872
Identified by
Wim de Wagt; Koen Hulsbos; and Gerrit Netten
Beeldbank WO2 - 96872 - Delden-Loos Family.jpg
Beeldbank WO2 - 96872 - Delden-Loos Family.jpg

Delden-Loos Family

The boy with blonde hair is Jacob Delden; he is possibly standing next to his father, Samuel.
Date
20/5/1943
Beeldbank no.
96788
Identified by
Wim de Wagt; Koen Hulsbos; and Gerrit Netten
Beeldbank WO2 - 96788.jpg
Beeldbank WO2 - 96788.jpg
96799 - Henriëtte Antoinette Polak-Schwarz, Leontine Willy Polak, Sara Emma Paulina Polak-

Registration at

the Olympiaplein Razzia

At the registration table stands Sara Emma Paulina Polak-Schwarz (1900-1969)  with her bag and coat clutched under her arm, and next to her slightly bent over and speaking with the administrator, her sister Henriëtte Antoinette Polak-Schwarz (1893-1974). In the photo to the right of Henriëtte is her daughter Ans (Annie) Leontine Willy Polak  (1924) in a nurse's uniform. Behind the women are Sara's two sons: Johan Polak (1928-1992) behind Ans, and Rob Polak (1925- 2020) behind his mother.
Date
20/06/1943
Beeldbank no.
96799
Identified by
David Samama (Grandson of Henriëtte A. Polak-Schwarz);
Gerrit Slendebroek; THP Prins; Dennis Koopman;
An Huitzing
96799 - Henriëtte Antoinette Polak-Schwarz, Leontine Willy Polak, Sara Emma Paulina Polak-
96978 - Bart van der Hoede, Werner Danziger, Directeur Van Arend , Fiet Andriesse-Hes, Loe

Class of Joods Lyceum Utrecht

Top row, from left to right: Bart van der Hoede, Werner Danziger, Directeur Van Arend , Fiet Andriesse-Hes, Loet Cohen, Peter Blumenthal, Liesbeth Muller, Frans Schlesinger.

Bottom row from right to left: Phili Rothschild, Jos de Liever, Paulie de Vries, Rosetta Musaph-Andriesse.


Please visit the link below for the video where Rosetta Musaph-Andriesse speaks about this photograph.

Every Day Someone Disappeared
Date
1942
Beeldbank no.
96978
Identified by
Rosetta Andriesse-Musaph
96978 - Bart van der Hoede, Werner Danziger, Directeur Van Arend , Fiet Andriesse-Hes, Loe

David van Beetz and Sara Caun

Wedding of David van Beetz and Sara Caun. They both survived the war. 
Date
05/05/1942
Beeldbank no.
161036
Identified by
F. P. van Beetz (Son of van Beetz and Caun)
161036 - Wedding of David van Beetz & Sara Caun.jpg
161037 - Wedding of David van Beetz & Sara Caun.jpg

Wedding of David van Beetz

and Sara Caun

Standing from left to right: Simon Gans, Liesje Sacksioni, Ies Presser (1914-1942), Leo Sanders, Simon Caun (1926-1942), Jaap Soesan, Betty Soesan-Caun, Lien Meijer-Leezer (1890-1943), Sara Sanders-Meijer, Mien Gans-Meijer, Lou van Beetz. Bottom row from left to right: Elizabeth da Costa de Fonseca  (1919-1942), Samuel van Beetz (1916-1942), Sara van Beetz-Ketellapper (1918-1942), Pinehas van Beetz (1885-1943), Heintje van Beetz-Leeda (1889-1943), David van Beetz (1914-1977), Sara Caun (1919-2011), Salomon Caun, Rika Caun-Leezer , Aron van Beetz (1922-1942), Karel Michel Caun (1873-1943).
Date
05/05/1942
Beeldbank no.
161037
Identified by
F. P. van Beetz (Son of David van Beetz and Sara Caun);
Simon Soesan (Son of Jaap and Betty Soesan)
161037 - Wedding of David van Beetz & Sara Caun.jpg

Cornelia van den Bergh

The woman in the middle with the glasses is Cornelia van den Bergh (1920-2010).
Date
End of 1942
Beeldbank no.
97129
Collection
Johan de Haas
Identified by
Elise Tak (Daughter of Cornelia van den Bergh)
97129 - Cornelia van den Bergh  copy.jpg
97129 - Cornelia van den Bergh  copy.jpg
Apeldoornsche Bosch - Staff.png

Staff of the Apeldoornsche Bosch

From left to right: (top) Rita van Stratum, Veronica Davids-Delaville/Rita Schijveschuurder, Nico Speijer, Rita Schijveschuurder/Veronica Davids-Delaville, Jeanette Zeckendorf. (bottom) Ruth Pestachowsky, Jetty van Geens, Jansje Klein, Josephine Koen. Please visit the link below to read the article on our website for further details.

The Forgotten Names of the Apeldoornsche Bosch
Date
1942
Beeldbank no.
199192
Collection
CODA Museum
Identified by
Amber Zijlma (ImageLab Team)
Apeldoornsche Bosch - Staff.png
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Joods Gymnasium in Leeuwarden

This image shows the staff and students of the Jewish Lyceum in Leeuwarden, which was located at the Emmakade 83. One of the students, B. Troostwijk, identified his teachers and class mates for the monthly magazine of the 'Stichting Leeuwarder Gemeenschap' in 1965 [Maandblad onder auspiciën van de stichting “Leeuwarder Gemeenschap” volume 14 (1965), no. 1 – January 1965]. This article was sent to us by Jan van der Weij, who was born in the building some years later.

 

1. G. Frank, Amsterdam, history teacher, fate unknown; 2. R. Weijl; 3. S.E. Cohen; 4. J. de Wit, murdered; 5. H. Beem, later rector in Hilversum; 6. S. de Jong; 7. A. Beekman, teacher of religion, murdered; 8. E. Hoek, Amsterdam, teacher of ancient languages, fate unknown; 9. Van der Roer, Meppel, business education teacher, fate unknown; 10. L. Cohen, murdered; 11. B. Cats; 12. B. de Bruin; 13. S. Stoppelman, murdered; 14. D. Muller, murdered; 15. Abraham Kuijt, Conrector, murdered; 16. L. de Wied; 17. W. Kuijt, murdered; 18. I. Rozenberg, murdered; 19. S. de Wied; 20. B. Cohen, murdered; 21. M. Cats; 22. H. Reindorp, Concierge, murdered; 23. L. Leefsma, returned from concentration camp; 24. Louis Coster, Utrecht, English teacher, fate unknown; 25. W. Velleman, murdered; 26. D. de Wied, later professor of medicine in Utrecht; 27. A. Krammer, murdered; 28. M. Woudstra, murdered; 29. J. De Jonge; 30. S. Turksma, Drachten, murdered; 31. A.L.M. Israels, Drachten, later pediatrician in Amsterdam; 32. J. De Vries, died after returning from a concentration camp; 33. B. Troostwijk;

34. S. Stoppelman, murdered; 35. S. Kuijt, murdered; 36. P. Dwinger, murdered; 37. E. Pinto, later migrated to the United States; 38. H. Troostwijk, murdered; 39. J. Israels, Drachten; 40. G. Velleman, murdered; 41. R. Feitsma, murdered

Date
1942
Beeldbank no.
123437
Collection
Verzetsmuseum Friesland
Identified by
B. Troostwijk (in 1965), Chris Triep
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The numbered image published in the magazine of Stichting Leeuwarder Gemeenschap (volume 14, January 1965)
The image in the Beeldbank WO2
123437 Emmakade 83 Leeuwarden.jpg

Maurits Samuel de Jong and

Annie de Jong-Wijnman

Maurits Samuel (Mau) de Jong (Rotterdam, 01/06/ 1920 – Sobibor, 16/07/1943) and Annie de Jong-Wijnman (Den Haag, 20/02/1922 – Sobibor, 16/07/ 1943) on their wedding day in 1942.
Date
1942
Beeldbank no.
161110
Collection
Joods Historisch Museum
Identified by
An Huitzing
Beeldbank WO2 - 161110 - Maurits Samuel de Jong & Annie de Jong-Wijnman.jpg
Beeldbank WO2 - 161110 - Maurits Samuel de Jong & Annie de Jong-Wijnman.jpg

Salomon Scheffer

This photograph shows Salomon Scheffer, (Amsterdam, 17/11/1919 - Auschwitz, 31/03/1944), who was a student of economics at the University of Amsterdam. He obtained special permission to continue his studies after Jewish students were forbidden from attending university and completed his bachelor's degree before permission was withdrawn. He also served as one of the thousands of volunteers who assisted the Joodsche Raad. He is shown here standing on the left hand-side of the photograph, alongside other volunteers who worked as part of the 'assistance to the departed' division.

Salomon was deported to Auschwitz in 1943 and was murdered there in 1944.
Date
1942
Beeldbank no.
97113
Identified by
Bob Scheffer (Nephew of Salomon Scheffer).
Beeldbank WO2 - 97113 - Salomon Scheffer.jpg
Beeldbank WO2 - 97113 - Salomon Scheffer.jpg
Beeldbank WO2 - 161303 - Isodor Jas.jpg

Isidoor Jas

Prisoners in labor camp Conrad in Rouveen. The third man from the left standing in the back row and shown wearing a white shirt without a jacket is Isidoor Jas (Amsterdam, 26/10/1914 – Auschwitz, 31/01/1943).​
Date
1942
Beeldbank no.
161303
Collection
Joods Historisch Museum
Identified by
Chris Triepp
Beeldbank WO2 - 161303 - Isodor Jas.jpg

Simon van Hasselt with daughter Sophia Kaatje

Simon van Hasselt (Siddeburen, 05/11/1900 - Auschwitz, 12/02/1943 ) was a teacher in Groningen. In this image, he is portrayed walking on the Vismarkt in Groningen with his daughter Sophia Kaatje (Ooststellingwerf, 20/04/1933 - Auschwitz, 12/02/1943)
Date
1942
Beeldbank no.
161486
Collection
Joods Historisch Museum
Identified by
Aart Janszen, Chris Triepp
Beeldbank WO2 - 161486 - Simon van Hasselt with daugher Sophia Kaatje.jpg

Willem Horneman

Willem Horneman (08/12/1916) shown working as a blacksmith in Camp Westerbork. In 1944, Horneman was arrested while working for the resistance in Apeldoorn and was sent to Westerbork as a political prisoner. After nine months in Westerbork, he was transported to Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. Photograph by Rudolf Breslauer.
Date
1944
Beeldbank no.
66268
Identified by
Richard Horneman (Son of Willem Horneman)
Beeldbank WO2 - 66268 - Willem Horneman.jpg

The Synagogue council of Haarlem

From left to right: Philip Frank (Hilversum, 1910 - Bloemendaal, 1943), Mozes Bouwman (unknown), Barend Chapon (Amsterdam, 1884 - Bloemendaal, 1943), Abraham de Lieme (Den Haag, 1880 - Sobibor, 1943), Gabriël Jacobs (Maassluis, 1898 - Sobibor, 1943), unidentified, Joseph Rodrigues Pereira (unknown), Herman Calff (Delft, 1888 - Sobibor, 1943) and Isaac Costima (Amsterdam, 1909 - Haarlem, 1989). Costima was identified through the 'Behind The Star' project.
Date
1942
Beeldbank no.
161517
Collection
Joods Historisch Museum
Identified by
J. Frank (Grandchild of Isaac Costima )
Beeldbank WO2 - 161517.jpg
Beeldbank WO2 - 161517.jpg
Beeldbank WO2 - 161076 - Geertruida Davids.jpg

Geertruida (Trudi) Davids

Children painting wooden ornaments at Camp Westerbork in September 1943. Geertruida (Trudi) Davids (Groningen, 17 September 1931 – Auschwitz, 7 October 1944)​ is the second girl in the row near the foreground of the image.
Date
1943
Beeldbank no.
161076
Collection
Joods Historisch Museum
Identified by
Aline Pennewaard
Beeldbank WO2 - 161076 - Geertruida Davids.jpg
Beeldbank WO2 - 96756 - Edwin Sluzker.jpg

Edwin Sluzker

Members of the Jewish Council receive instructions from a German officer during a transport departing from Amsterdam Oost. The man with the white band on the right is Edwin Sluzker (1907-1965), lawyer and head of the Expositur, a section of the Jewish Council that acted as a liaison with the Zentralstelle für jüdische Auswanderung Amsterdam. Sluzker went into hiding in 1944 and survived the war.
Date
Summer of 1943
Beeldbank no.
96756
Identified by
Gerrit Netten
Beeldbank WO2 - 96756 - Edwin Sluzker.jpg
Beeldbank WO2 - 96757 - Simon Frank.jpg

Simon Frank

The elderly man behind the German soldier is most likely Simon Frank (27 July 1851, Amsterdam - 13 March 1943, Sobibor). He lived in the Joodse Invalide, a Jewish retirement home, at Weesperplein 1. On March 2, 1943, the residents were deported to Camp Westerbork via the Muiderpoort train station.
Date
02/03/1943
Beeldbank no.
96757
Identified by
Anna Frank (Great-granddaughter of Simon Frank)
Beeldbank WO2 - 96757 - Simon Frank.jpg
Beeldbank WO2 - 62322.jpg

De Landweer in Elsloo

Jewish labour camp De Landweer near Elsloo, Friesland, 1942. The camp housed just under two hundred Jewish forced labourers. The man wearing glasses is Levie (Louis) Blitz (Amsterdam, 27/05/1913 - 31/03/1944), and standing behind him is his brother Luc Blitz (1916-1942). The man with the cigarette in his mouth is Arie Englander (21/10/1909, Amsterdam - 02/02/1945, Gross Rosen). The man closest to the camera is possibly Gerrit Speijer.​
Date
1942
Beeldbank no.
62322
Identified by
Julie Koopman and Star Siripanich (ImageLab Team), Niek van der Oord
Beeldbank WO2 - 62322.jpg
Beeldbank WO2 - 62321.jpg

De Landweer in Elsloo

A group of diggers pose for the photographer at the Labour camp De Landweer in Elsloo. Hoofduitvoerder (chief) of the group is Siebe van der Veen who is wearing a suit and shown with a cigarette in his mouth. The other men in this photograph have been identified as (from left to right): Bram Dupont; Jacob van Locheme/Loggem; Dick Klisser; David van der Kar; F. de Levie; Levie (Lou) Blitz; J. van der Klei; Siebe van der Veen; Nathan Swart; Maurits (Mautje) Jacob de Leeuw; Gerrit Speijer; Ben Pijnappel; Wim Presser; Maurits (Mautje) Polk; Arend Gompert (Arie) Englander; D. Krijn; Lucas (Luc) Blitz.
Date
May - October 1942
Beeldbank no.
62321
Identified by
Niek van der Oord / Ben Pijnappel provided the information to the author.
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Beeldbank WO2 - 62323.jpg

De Landweer in Elsloo

Jewish labour camp De Landweer near Elsloo, Friesland, 1942. The camp housed just under two hundred Jewish forced labourers. The man with the glasses on is Levie (Louis) Blitz (Amsterdam, 27/05/1913 - 31/03/1944).
Date
1942
Beeldbank no.
62323
Identified by
Julie Koopman and Star Siripanich (ImageLab Team), Niek van der Oord
Beeldbank WO2 - 62323.jpg
Beeldbank WO2 - 62326.jpg

De Landweer in Elsloo

Levie (Louis) Blitz and Luc Blitz (brothers) at De Landweer in Elsloo.
Date
1942
Beeldbank no.
62326
Identified by
Niek van der Oord
Beeldbank WO2 - 62326.jpg
Beeldbank WO2 - 66388.jpg

De Landweer in Elsloo

Jewish labour camp De Landweer near Elsloo, Friesland, 1942. The group of men which shared a room with Ben Pijnappel poses in front of the barracks. In the back row are: Ben Pijnappel, Eli Englander, Bram Dupont, Spinoza, Streep, Walg, D. Klisser, Maurits (Mautje) de Leeuw, David van der Kar, Lex van Praag, Simon van Norder (Ben Pijnappel's former clubmate), Wim Presser, F. de Levie. In the front row squatting: (Max Meijer, H. van Praag, Weenen, M. Englander, Joop van der Klei, D. Krijn, Nathan Swart, Dresden, Gerrit Speijer, Arie Englander, Jaap van Lochem/Loggem, Hertz.
Date
1942
Beeldbank no.
66388
Identified by
Niek van der Oord / Ben Pijnappel provided the information to the author.
Beeldbank WO2 - 66388.jpg
Beeldbank WO2 - 161172.jpg

Orvelte Labour Camp

This photo was taken at the Orvelte Labor Camp. From left to right: Barend van Zuiden, Izaak ter Berg, Sam Meijer, Barend Stern (Hoogeveen, 21/4/1889 - Auschwitz, 29/10/1942), Roelof van Zuiden, Les Wijnberg, Freerk Simons.
Date
Autumn 1942
Beeldbank no.
161172
Collection
Joods Historisch Museum
Identified by
Niek van der Oord
Beeldbank WO2 - 161172.jpg
Beeldbank WO2 - 97322.jpg

Students of the Amsterdam

Jewish Lyceum 

Students of the Jewish Lyceum in Amsterdam, performing 'An Evening with the Stastok Family' from 'camera Obscura' by Nicolaas Beets. Standing from left to Right: Charles Grünfeld (Amsterdam, 2/4/1928 – Auschwitz, 1/10/1944), Nora Roos, Willy Pos (teacher - Amsterdam, 26/10/1912 – Amsterdam, 4/1/1977), Hilde Lesegeld, Dina Rozeveld (Zwolle, 22/7/1927 – Auschwitz, 27/8/1943). Sitting from left to right: Yvonne Kray, Tineke van Santen, Juliëtte Nanny (Juultje) Ketellapper (Amsterdam, 26/06/1928 – Sobibor, 9/07/1943), Ruth Wiener (1927 - survived the war), Ruth Albersheim (Bielefeld, 13/5/1928 – Auschwitz, 19/11/1943).
Date
9/4/1943
Beeldbank no.
97322
Identified by
Aline Pennewaard
Beeldbank WO2 - 97322.jpg
Beeldbank WO2 - 96944 - Edie van Biene and Sara Rood.jpg

The wedding of Eddie van Biene and Sara Rood

Eddie (Elias) van Biene and Sara (Sonja) Rood were married in The Hague on the 26 July 1942. Van Biene was murdered in KZ Althammer; an Außernlager of KZ Auschwitz. Sonja Rood went into hiding, but was arrested and transported to Auschwitz. She managed to survive and immigrated to Israel in 1949, where she married again.

The wedding photograph was taken by S. Oppelaar, reportage photographer at 82 Zoutmanstraat in The Hague.​
Date
26/5/1942
Beeldbank no.
96944
Identified by
Amiram van Kloeten (son of Sonja Rood)
Beeldbank WO2 - 96944 - Edie van Biene and Sara Rood.jpg
Beeldbank WO2 - 161408 - Jaap Zwarts.jpg

Jaap Zwarts

Jacob (Jaap) Zwarts (Utrecht 16 October 1899 - Sakrau Concentration Camp 30 April 1943) was a historian who researched Jewish life in the ​Netherlands. He was the person who identified Rembrandt's 'Jewish Bride'. In 1942 he was sent to the Vledder Labour Camp and then to Westerbork, from where he was deported to Auschwitz. He was killed at Sakrau Concentration Camp in Poland on the 30th of April 1943. 
Collection
Joods Historisch Museum
Date
1942
Beeldbank no.
161408
Identified by
M. Slinkman
Beeldbank WO2 - 161408 - Jaap Zwarts.jpg