Her Story

Dientje Kalisky was born in Bussum, Holland on May 20, 1938. She was just four years old when she went into hiding in 1942, and was eight when she was reunited with her parents.

Dientje has memories from before the war and detailed accounts of her experience in hiding. She explores not only the physical pain and trauma of the Holocaust, but also emphasizes the long-lasting psychological effects that such an experience has had on herself, her surviving family, and even her children.


Dientje Krant Kalisky

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Dientje as a baby at her maternal grandparents' home in Hilversum, Holland, held by her uncle, who perished in the war at the age of 16; Left to right: Fennie Hamel (née DeVries, Dientje's grandmother), Dientje, and Abraham Hamel (Dientje's uncle).