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Amsterdam, January 1943. Ralph Polak and Miep Krant apparently walk freely across the Dam Square in Amsterdam. A photographer who takes photos of passers-by and offers them for sale makes this shot. The couple is engaged. When the war is over, they plan to marry. The deportation of Jews to camp Westerbork in Drenthe is in full swing. But happy moments to be together cannot be taken away from them. The obligatory Star of David on their coats symbolizes the permanent threat.
The couple don’t know anything yet. Just a few weeks later, Miep Krant is taken out of the house and transferred to the Hollandsche Schouwburg, a collection point for arrested Jews. With the help of Ralph, who works for the Jewish Council, she can barely escape. Miep goes into hiding. Ralph is arrested in September 1943, during the last major raid, and put on the train to Westerbork. He manages to jump out of the wagon and flees. He also goes into hiding.
Miep survived the war by going into hiding in Baarn from the summer of 1943, but became heavily malnourished because the main residents of the hiding place could hardly give food to their people in hiding.
Dr. Van Griethuijsen managed to get her back on top. When she was in hiding, she used the alias Annechien Speudel. She spent months in the emergency hospital with a forged identity card.
Her wartime neighbor, Ralph Polak, who twice helped the Krant family escape deportation, finally became her husband in 1946. After the war they ran a fabric trade together in Baarn. First on the Nieuw Baarnstraat, later on the Laanstraat.
Queen Juliana visited the store with her daughters, but also acquaintances from the music, film and television worlds and the football players of the Ajax selection. Ralph Polak was an avid supporter of Ajax and a good friend of players such as Johan Cruijff, Klaas Nuninga, Sjaak Swart and Bennie Muller.
Miep’s sister Leentje was murdered in Auschwitz October 15, 1942
Miep Krant died in 2007