Bio: Sophia van Ameringen

Sophia van Ameringen was born on the fourth of July, 1871, in den Helder, North Holland, Netherlands, to Judith Cijfer and Ahron van Ameringen.

She may have had a brother named Andrew, or a brother named Abraham, or possibly both (I’m working on figuring that out).

On the 17th of December, 1890, in Amsterdam, when she was just 19 years old, Sophia married Maurits “Mozes” Lopes-Cardozo.

From their union, she bore four daughters: Esther, Henriette, Frederica and Louise. Esther was born in 1891, Henriette was born in 1893, Frederica was born in 1897, and Louise was born in 1903. Family documentation puts most of those births in Amsterdam, so I believe that is where she and Mozes resided. Sophia was also later a grandmother several times over.

She was widowed in 1921, when Mozes died in Hilversum.

Sophia was murdered by the Nazis during the Holocaust on the 26th of March, 1943, in Sobibor, Poland. She and her mentally challenged daughter, Frederica, were two of the approximately 167,000 people killed in the extermination camp there, according to the Holocaust Encyclopedia website and family sources. Sophia was 71.

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Early 1900s postcards from Freerk Swalve to daughter Wubbina (in Dutch)

UPDATED SEPT. 20, 2012: These are postcards sent from my great-great-great-grandfather Freerk Bellinga Swalve to his only daughter, Wubbina, in the early 1900s. Originally, there was one more in this collection, but it was removed after my cousin, Anje Belmon read over them (she know Dutch) and determined that one was actually from an aunt. As for the rest, Anje says, “Most of what is written is about small illnesses, and wishes that things will be better soon, so they can visit each other.” Which, of course, sounds exactly like something a father would write to his daughter.

Hint: Click on the images to make them bigger.