In commemoration of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, we bring together Maud and Ingrid, to share their memories, the impacts of these experiences, and to hear their messages for us today.
In 1942, Maud was 6 years old and living in the Netherlands. The Nazi presence was becoming increasingly dangerous for Jewish families like Maud's. When Maud's family received a "call-up" notice instructing them to come to the train station with a suitcase, the family was suspicious. They called upon a non-Jewish friend who was working with the Dutch Underground, a resistance movement opposed to the Nazis.
The Underground found a temporary hiding place for Maud and her younger sister with Jan Kanis and his four children. Jan's youngest child, Ingrid, would be born shortly after Maud's brief stay, but she grew up with the stories about Maud and her sister and many other Jews that her parents hid during the Holocaust.