Who buried the deceased after Liberation in the Netherlands #holocaust


I recently came upon a photo of a gravestone for my husband's grandfather in the Netherlands which I don't believe anybody in his family knew about.  He died in Amsterdam on April 5, 1945 but the Netherlands wasn't liberated until May 5, 1945.  The only other relative I have found that would have been with him was his wife who died a few years later and I have no record of where she is interned, if at all.  My mother-in-law was an only child and had been sent to America at a much earlier date and sadly was never able to see or speak to them again.  Hence this finding was quite a surprise. 

I have attached a picture of the gravestone as well as the cemetery.  As I doubt he would have been buried before the end of the war, especially in a Jewish cemetery, where would the bodies have been before burial, who would have buried him and when?  I highly suspect it would have been one of the relief agencies but no idea as to whom would have been so kind to do so.  

Anne Kestenbaum


My family lived in Holland before and after the war. My grandfather & father were lucky enough to escape to Switzerland during the war but my grandfather's unmarried sister was too scared to join them on their flight. She died March 1943 all on her own without any relatives. Her body was discovered by the police (I've found the police report on-line) but she is buried in the Jewish cemetery! Not only that, but a matzeva was actually put on her grave and it remained a mystery, something my late father often wondered about, as to who put it up.


Hallo Anne Kestenbaum
The cemetery is described in Dutch at The owner is the Nederlandse Israelitische Hoofdsynagoge which can be found at with an email address info@...
While all this is in Dutch, I am sure that you have a translation program that will give you the key points. And if you write to that email address, I am sure you will get a reply in English.
From the inscription, it looks as if the stone was arranged by his wife.
Hope this helps you.
Regards, Nick Lambrechtsen

Molly Staub

Try the Margraten Cemetery near Maastricht, the Netherlands, where G I s were buried. The  Dutch were so grateful to have been liberated by Americans, that each gravestone has been adopted by a Dutch family. They visit annually and care for the site. When I mentioned that there were so few Stars of David among the crosses, I was told the Jewish families had their relatives exhumed and reburied in consecrated ground. However, their names are honored in the on-site memorial.

 Molly Staub  <staubmolly@...>

Carole Shaw

This doesn’t entirely answer your question but I visited the cemetery at Diemen, a suburb to the east of Amsterdam, last year.  Very easy to find and walk around.  There were just a few graves from the 1940s and I possibly would have seen your relative’s. 


You could phone them up to ask your questions.  They should have records of who ordered/paid for the funeral.


My relative, whose grave I was seeking, died in 1938 and was taken from the Metaarhuis which was at the rear of the Jewish hospital near the centre of town.  It was from there that Jewish dead bodies were transported.  I have some pictures of this place, now just houses, which sport some plaques, and also of the cemetery.  I would happily forward them to you.


Carole Shaw, London UK
SCHNEIDER: Kamanets Podolsk, Ukraine & Libava/ Libau/Liepaja, Latvia
KLUGMAN, GOLDSCHMID (plus variations), BRAUER: Libava/Libau/Liepaja, Latvia & Johannesburg
SAMSON, BLIK: Amsterdam, Zandvoort, Holland


ZANDGRUNDT (plus variations), SANDGROUND: Warsaw, London and beyond

JACOBOVITCH/JACKSON: Staszow, Poland & London

KOSKOVITCH/KENTON: Staszow, Poland & London