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July 6, 2015 4:30 pm

Dutch Man Discovers Message Written by Jewish Couple Who Hid in His House During the Holocaust

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A Dutch man found a message written by a Jewish couple from the time of the Holocaust. PHOTO: Wikipedia.

A Dutch man discovered a message written by a Jewish couple during the Holocaust. PHOTO: Wikipedia.

A Dutch man discovered a last will of sorts inscribed by a Jewish couple from Amsterdam who hid in his house during the Holocaust, Israel’s NRG reported on Monday.

In the message, the two Jews asked for whoever discovered their letter to contact their relatives after the war.

The man who found the message, Yale Captan, is a resident of the Dutch town of Bilthoven.

The secret note was written in 1942 underneath the panel of  a door frame by Levi Site and Ester Zilberstein. Writing in pencil, the couple included a blessing for the person who would discover the message, and a prayer that God should, “have mercy upon the Jewish people.”

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The message remained undiscovered until Captan recently decided to renovate his home and stumbled upon it.

Captan said that he has yet to locate the couple, but indicated that he is interested in finding their families, in order to convey the message, according to the report.

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  • J. H. S.

    So sad.

  • Yoel Nitzarim

    If the rooms in every living space could only talk, there would be volumes upon volumes of stories for the world to learn. This article may seem almost as a side note, yet its content reminds humanity of the subliminal messages which the suffering in this world have yet to be shared from the world’s previous inhabitants. Perhaps an important lesson to be learned from this message is still etched in the words “have mercy upon the Jewish people.” Seventy years or more after the note was written the Jewish people is once again threatened with annihilation.

  • Robert Williams

    I sure hope you can find a relative,Iam Dutch and born in Amsterdam and the history in my city about what happened to the Jewish people really upset me. With respect Robert Williams

  • Penny Ford

    It looks as if Ester died at Auschwitz.

    http://db.yadvashem.org/names/nameDetails.html?itemId=4292668&language=en

    Esther Silberstein was born in Amsterdam, The Netherlands in 1926. During the war she was in The Netherlands.

    Esther was murdered in the Shoah.

    This information is based on a List of murdered Jews from the Netherlands found in In Memoriam – Nederlandse oorlogsslachtoffers, Nederlandse Oorlogsgravenstichting (Dutch War Victims Authority), `s-Gravenhage (courtesy of the Association of Yad Vashem Friends in Netherlands, Amsterdam).

    • Shavit

      Ester Zilberstein was born in Stettin in 28-7-1899 (that is what was written on the door)
      Levie Sajet was born in Nijmegen according what was written on the door on August 1 1881.

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