Sunday, February 18, 2018
Nathan Aandagt’s shop Hoogstraat 115 Rotterdam was destroyed on 14 May 1940 by the Nazi bombardments. Two and a half years later, on the 15th of October 1942, the Red Cross recorded his arrival in Westerbork.
I imagine Nathan standing there as his details are being written on this pink index card. Perhaps he would have had to spell his name. The word ‘aandacht’ (= attention) is normally written with ‘ch’ not ‘g’.
Either on or soon after the 23rd of October 1942, someone wrote in red pencil diagonally across the card that Nathan had been put on a ‘Trspt’.
A different hand has written the fact that he was ‘no longer i Wbk’. It was a time of abbreviations. There was no time to record that every Saturday Nathan had sent his assistant to Brummelkamp at 194 Hoogstraat to buy cake.
He died in a gas chamber in Auschwitz three days later.