[Declaration upon oath]
Date of Creation1 February 1948 [original letter from 24 March 1947]
GenreCorrespondence & Philatelic Materials
Place of CreationRosenheim, Germany
DescriptionTyped letter from Jacques Raessens stating that he has known Cora Strauch since the end of the war and attesting to her good character and work ethic. He describes her medical symptoms as a result of the attacks she experienced during the war years, compulsory labour in the Organisation Todt as well as the knowledge that she has lost nearly all her relatives.
Materials/Techniquesoverall: paper, ink
Inscriptionsoriginal signature of the translator
Language NoteCertified translation from the German original approved by the Military Government of Rosenheim.
ProvenanceGifted to the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre in 2018 by Joan and David Strauss. The letter originally belonged to David's mother Cora.
Legal Statuspermanent collection
Credit LineCourtesy of Joan and David Strauss
NoteCora Strauss (née Dicke van Westland) and her two sisters were the only members of their family to survive the Holocaust. After liberation, Cora resided in a Displaced Persons camp in Rosenheim, Germany. There she met her future husband, Franz, who spent part of the war in Britain. He was a language specialist and assisted the American military government with translations. They later changed the spelling of their surname from Strauch to Strauss.