Jewish family story from World War II
The story of Ron Emmerik, shoemaker in Veenendaal
“Actually, I don't have much to do with the cobbler.I wear sneakers.” So begins the story, which I received after a visit to shoemaker Van Boordt in Veenendaal.A characteristic story about the violent family troubles of the Emmeriks in World War II.A story full of hope and love, too.
I can't share the entire history in 140 words.But it is extremely special, I can tell you.
It is about Rebekka Emmerik, who became engaged to Leendert Brilleman in 1943.Unfortunately, Leendert was arrested in a raid and eventually ended up in Westerbork.At that time, Rebekka was already there.She saw an opportunity to embrace her lover, and to her surprise he asked her to marry him.
Her yes meant: together on transport to Sobibor.The end of their lives, with hope and love as basic elements.
The story of 5 A4's I received from the shoemaker by mail.It's impressive how this man can tell, also about this.But - so I think now - maybe that's also his Jewish background...If you are interested in this story, please feel free to contact me.He lets me share it indefinitely.
The image of the cobbler is in the shop in the center of Veenendaal.The image of the Stolperstein has nothing to do with this family.Well, with Westerbork.