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Inventory of the Vera Nathans Semel Papers, 1830-1996
Inventory of the Vera Nathans Semel Papers, 1830-1996
|Abstract:||Photographs, birth certificates, marriage certificates, identity cards, passports, and other papers of Vera Nathans Semel, a Dutch Jew who survived World War II in hiding. Most papers, including birth and marriage certificates, relate to Nathans's maternal family, the Paerls. Pre-war photographs show Nathans's maternal grandparents and uncle in Amsterdam; post-war photographs show her, her parents, husband, and children in Beverwijk and Bussum, both in the Netherlands, and in Scarsdale, New York.|
|Title:||Vera Nathans Semel papers|
|Creator:||Semel, Vera Nathans, 1943-|
|Extent:||0.25 linear feet
|Repository:||Jewish Heritage Collection, Special Collections, College of Charleston Libraries
66 George Street
Charleston, SC 29424
Phone: (843) 953-8016
Fax: (843) 953-6319
|Call Number:||Mss 1065-016|
|Language of Material:||Materials in Dutch and English|
Vera Nathans was born in Amsterdam, Netherlands, on August 1, 1943. Her parents, Ans and Hemmy Nathans, were forced to place her in hiding with two nurses from a children's hospital in Haarlem, Netherlands, before they were deported to Bergen-Belsen. Nathans was hidden with two other children, including a boy nearly the same age named Nico Visjager. One of the nurses, Corrie Blauuw, claimed that Nathans and Visjager were her illegitimate twins. Nathans's parents survived Bergen-Belsen and Vera rejoined them in Beverwijk, Netherlands.
Nathans married Sandy Semel in 1965 in Bussum, Netherlands. The couple relocated to Scarsdale, New York, and had three children, Susan, David, and Adam.
Photographs, birth certificates, marriage certificates, identity cards, passports, and other papers of Vera Nathans Semel, a Dutch Jew who survived World War II in hiding. Most papers, including birth and marriage certificates, relate to Nathans's maternal family, the Paerls. Pre-war photographs show Nathans's maternal grandparents and uncle in Amsterdam; post-war photographs show her, her parents, husband, and children in Beverwijk and Bussum, both in the Netherlands, and in Scarsdale, New York.
Materials are described at the folder level.
Search TermsThe following terms have been used to index this collection in the Library's online catalog. They are grouped by name of person, family, or organization, by topical subject, by place, and by types of material.
- Semel, Vera Nathans, 1943-
- Paerl family
- Hidden children (Holocaust)--Netherlands
- Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)
- Holocaust survivors--Netherlands
- Jewish children in the Holocaust--Netherlands
- World War, 1939-1945--Atrocities
- Amsterdam (Netherlands)
- Beverwijk (Netherlands)
- Bussum (Netherlands)
- Scarsdale (N.Y.)
Types of Material
- Birth certificates
- Black-and-white negatives
- Black-and-white slides
- Identity cards
- Marriage certificates
- Personal correspondence
- Photograph albums
Includes birth certificates, marriage certificates, religious honors, and national militia registration for members of the Paerl family, Nathans's maternal relatives. Other items include her mother's false Dutch identification papers and Vera Nathans's Dutch passport.
Pre-war photographs show Nathans's maternal grandparents, Mietje Hymans and Barend Lion Paerl, in Amsterdam, Holland. Post-war photographs show Nathans and family in Holland; Nico Visjager, who was hidden with Nathans during the war; and her husband, Sandy Semel, and children in the United States.
Negatives of Nathans, her parents, grandparents, sister, husband, children, and nurses who hid her during the war. Also includes negatives of her mother's false Dutch identification papers, Vera Nathans's Dutch passport, and pages from the photo album given to Sandy Semel by nurse Corrie Blaauw.
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[Identification of item], Vera Nathans Semel papers, College of Charleston Libraries, Charleston, SC, USA.
Materials were donated in 2000 by Vera Semel.
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Link to digital library added by Martha McTear, July 2013.
Funding from the Council on Library and Information Resources supported the processing of this collection and encoding of the finding aid.