6 April 1925
16 July 1943 (aged 18)|
Sobibór extermination camp, Poland
She wrote a diary during her stay in Camp Vught, discovered in 2004
Helga Deen (6 April 1925 – 16 July 1943) was the author of a diary, discovered in 2004, which describes her stay in a Dutch prison camp, Kamp Vught, where she was brought during World War II at the age of 18.
Deen was half-Dutch. Initially her father lived with his German GP wife in Germany, but moved back to the Netherlands as persecution increased. Her mother worked for a time as a doctor at a concentration camp at Vught. She was given leave to remain but chose to accompany her family to Sobibor, where she died.
Diary[edit | edit source]
Deen wrote the diary for her boyfriend, Kees van den Berg, who kept it hidden after the war. After his death his son presented the diary to archivists in Tilburg.
Posthumous[edit | edit source]
A memorial stone to Helga and her family has been placed by a member of the Dutch Sobibor Foundation on the pathway which used to lead to the gas chambers ('Road to Heaven').
See also[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
- "Shades of Anne Frank in Dutch prison camp diary." Sydney Morning Herald, 22 October 2004.
- "Dutch uncover diary of Nazi camp". BBC News. 2004-10-20. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/3760680.stm. Retrieved 2008-08-10.
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- Helga Deen at Virtual Jewish Community of Netherlands record
- Helga Deen, the Last Night, a 32-page graphic novel created by Dario Picciau and Roberto Malini
- Stichting sobibor.nl, click on 'gedenklaan' and 'links' to view the images
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