Boe-Fishman, Amalia (23 August 1939 –)

Also known as: van Kreveld, Amalia
BiographyAmalia 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.