May 10th 1940, Germany invaded the Netherlands. I didn’t like the
Germans. When Papa “Is” and Annie talked about them I became scared.
Gerda and I sat very quietly together, because we sensed it wasn’t the
time for fooling around or being disobedient. The Germans introduced
many new regulations and restrictions for us Jews. This changed life
with Papa “Is”. When it was bedtime Papa “Is” would bring me to bed,
whilst Gerda waited with Anna in another room.
“Margot it is time we
talked about you being Jewish, It is very important that you always
remember that the Germans do not like Jews and that counts for you too”
He told me that the next day I would attend a new school. This new
school was only for Jewish children, because that is what the Germans
wanted. He told me that if I made the effort and worked hard then I
could start learning to read again. Papa “Is told me that from now on I
would have to wear a yellow star. because the Germans would jail any
Jews they found who did not wear a yellow star. I thought wearing the
Star of David would be okay, because all the children at school did so.
There were 42 pupils in the class, but at the end of the week there
were only 6 left.
with jewish stars in the jewish Museum Amsterdam
Yellow stars that had to be worn by
Jews in the Netherlands
from May 1942, if they were above the age of six years