Netherlands: “Only known pre-Holocaust footage of an obliterated Frisian Jewish community” [VIDEO]

TIMES OF ISRAEL
Dutch Jewish wedding film from 1939 shines light on doomed community
by Cnaan Liphshiz
February 4, 2017

The Jews of Friesland, a region in the northern Netherlands, are not known for stories with happy endings. During the Holocaust, Friesland’s vibrant Jewish community was forever obliterated, including its endemic customs and distinct Yiddish dialect. It is one of the starkest examples of how the Holocaust decimated and irreparably changed Dutch Jewry. That’s why the recent surfacing of a unique film from 1939 showing the wedding of a Frisian Jewish couple who escaped the genocide is generating remarkable reactions from local media and Dutch state historians here over the past week. READ MORE

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