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Letter to Mr. S. Swaab


This letter with its original envelope, dated 10 November 1942, was thrown from a deportation train transporting Dutch Jewish detainees to concentration camps in Germany. It was written by Lena Swaab on behalf of her mother and sister, and addressed to Mr. S. Swaab, Lena’s brother, in Amsterdam. Somehow the letter reached its destination. The stamp indicates that it was registered with the postal service at Assen, a Dutch town near the German border. The women were on their way to Auschwitz, though the letter only says “we are sitting on a train to depart to another land.” They tell their family back home to stay positive and end the message with “bye bye bye.”

Donated by Cornelia Aaron-Swaab

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