Edith Holländer

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Edith Holländer was born in Aachen, Prussia, German Empire back in 1900 to Abraham and Rosa.  She attended the Evangelical Higher Girl’s School graduating in 1916.  She met Otto and were married in 1925 at Aachen’s synagogue.

The family moved to Amsterdam in 1933, to escape the rise of antisemitism.  In 1940, the German’s invaded the Netherlands, the family was hiding at the company Otto worked for.  In 1944, she was sent to the Westerbork concentration camp.  Her daughters where transported to Bergen-Belsen.  She died of starvation in 1945, just three weeks before the Red Army liberated the camp and just 10 days before her 45th birthday.

While you may have never heard of Edith before surely, you’ve heard of one of her daughters, Anne Frank? 

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Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

Persecution of any type is generally a few trying to become more powerful using others. I think we are seeing it in the world today.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Aug 18, 2020 04:25 AM #5
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Must say great message since even the spammers are interested. Enjoy your day!

Aug 18, 2020 04:27 AM #6
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

I also read the book and it was a life changing event that showed how evil works.

Aug 18, 2020 04:30 AM #7
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, James, for sharing this historical lesson.

Take care, be safe and have a great day.

Aug 18, 2020 05:30 AM #8
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

That's a great (all be it sad) story James Dray . You are correct, I had never heard of Edith prior to reading this.

Aug 18, 2020 05:35 AM #9
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I had the same question as Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 had. Yes, I knew about Anne Frank.

Aug 18, 2020 07:09 AM #10
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi James Dray - reading that story I knew exactly were it was headed.  Events are well known.

Aug 18, 2020 07:13 AM #11
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

You are right, I definitely enjoyed learning about Edith.  I am saddened to learn that she died of starvation though.  I love her last name since it is the same as my good friend Nina Hollander 

Aug 18, 2020 07:26 AM #12
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Very sad story. I think most of us have heard of Anne Frank. Thank you for sharing this.

Aug 18, 2020 09:53 AM #13
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Thanks for sharing this one with us James.  I have to say you point out some great stories to us.


Aug 18, 2020 10:01 AM #14
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- I too read The Diary of Anne Frank and it stayed with me. I think all of us remember her story. 

Aug 18, 2020 04:42 PM #15
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - as I was reading your post I was thinking there might be connection to Anne Frank.  

Aug 18, 2020 06:34 PM #16
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

My first question was any relations to  Nina Hollander ?? on a side note I have been to Amsterdam a hundred years ago and went to Ann Franks house and where she hid...Endre

Aug 18, 2020 11:03 PM #17
faye schubert
Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

I'm seeing evidence of evil resurfacing with persecution. Oh, how I hope as a civilization we don't go down this road again.

Aug 20, 2020 05:43 AM #18
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

You were right, James...I had not heard of Edith but certainly know about Anne Frank.

Aug 22, 2020 02:25 PM #19
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

The story of Anne Frank is an amazing story. We must never forget what happened in the concentration camps of World War II.

Sep 05, 2020 07:07 AM #20
Dörte Engel
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Bowie, MD
ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland

Dear James,

Such a tragedy. All that potential wasted for nothing. I am sure, she and her family would have made many more contributions, had they lived.

Sep 15, 2020 07:25 AM #21
John Henry, Florida Architect
John Henry Masterworks Design International, Inc. - Orlando, FL
Residential Architect, Luxury Custom Home Design

Wow.  Thank you for the historical narrative about Anne's parents!  I still sit in amazement/disbelief as I watch documentaries from this very ugly period of time.

Sep 15, 2020 02:54 PM #22
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Actually I have head of Edith Hollander and she is a Dutch jewish lady. It is mention in the preface of the book.

Sep 16, 2020 11:05 AM #23
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Like Jeff Dowler, CRS, I knew of Anne Frank burt, not Edith Holländer, James. Another poignant reminder of the horror of the concentration camps. I am thankful that her daughter survived yet, so sad that Edith died of starvation - and only 3 weeks prior to being liberated. Just so heartbreaking!

Sep 16, 2020 08:03 PM #24
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