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Message from Holocaust found on attic door

Man renovating his home in Dutch town of Bilthoven discovers text written on wooden panel by Jewish couple who hid in house in 1942; Yad Vashem records reveal couple was likely murdered in Auschwitz.

Jelle Kapitein, who lives in the Dutch town of Bilthoven, began renovating his house recently. During the renovation, one of the laborers dismantled a wooden panel of the door frame in the attic and spotted an old, unclear text.

A restoration of the panel revealed the pencil-written request from a couple of Jews who had hid in the house during the Holocaust: Locate our family.

The couple, Levie Sajet and Ester Zilberstein, wrote their personal details, dates of birth and address in the message in 1942, and asked that whoever found it would try to find their relatives after the war. They added a blessing for the person who would discover their message, saying: “The God of Israel, have mercy upon your humiliated brothers.”


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