Correspondence and Spiekhout album

Extent & Medium1 album : 26 pages
8 documents
Administrative/Biographical HistoryAmalia Boe-Fishman was born in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands, in 1939 to Johanna (née de Leeuw) (1908–1992) and Arnold van Kreveld (1909–1992). The van Kreveld family were a secular Jewish family well integrated into life in the province of Friesland in the Netherlands prior to the Second World War. Amalia survived the Holocaust in hiding at the home of a colleague of her father’s named Jan Spiekhout, a member of the Dutch resistance. Amalia’s parents and older brother (David, born 1937) were separated and the family hid in different places during the war. A second brother (Jan, named after Jan Spiekhout) was born during the war, in November 1944. After the war, the family rented a house on the same street in Leeuwarden where they had lived before the war. Amalia attended summer camp hosted by the Humanistich Verbond Ethical Society in 1947. She remained close to the Spiekhouts throughout her life.

Amalia met her ex-husband, a Canadian Jew, while in Israel at age 21; they moved to Canada in 1962 after marrying in Holland that same year. The couple had three children. They divorced in 1983. Amalia remarried in 1994 to Kristen Boe.

In 1999, Amalia visited the Netherlands and her foster brother, Simon Spiekhout, who was her baby brother while she lived in hiding. Jan Spiekhout and his parents, Durk and Froukje Spiekhout, were recognized as Righteous Among the Nations by Yad Vashem’s Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Authority in 2008 for their role in sheltering Amalia during the war. Amalia and her children attended the ceremony honouring the Spiekhouts in The Hague in 2009.

Amalia lives in Vancouver and is an active Holocaust survivor speaker.
Scope & ContentSeries is made up of correspondence and an album of photographs, personal records and ephemera compiled by Amalia Boe-Fishman to document her childhood in hiding and relationship with the Spiekhout family over time, culminating in her visit to the Netherlands to attend a ceremony recognizing the Spiekhouts as Righteous Among the Nations. Captions written by Amalia accompany some of the photographs.
LanguageDutch, English
NoteNot all records in series are described to the item level. Consult the archivist for more information.
System of ArrangementOriginal correspondence and personal records kept in album have been removed and replaced by photocopies showing their original position. These have been unfolded and stored separately in the order in which they appeared in the album. Photocopied handwritten correspondence and clippings in album have not been copied and were left in their folded position. Item 2019.099.001 was not part of the album but is included in series due to its relationship with items 2019.099.026 and 2019.099.027 from album.

Collection Contents

Fonds consists of documentation supporting Amalia Boe Fishman’s application to Yad Vashem’s Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Authority to have Fishman’s foster family, the Spiekhouts, recognized as Righteous Among the Nations, and one letter and photographs belonging to the van Kreveld family of Leeuwarden, the Netherlands. Fonds is arranged into three series: Correspondence, Spiekhout album (1942–2009), Family photographs (1930–1999) and My War Story website documents (2007–2018).

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