Moshe Flinker

Moshe Flinker

Moshe Flinker was born in the Hague, the Netherlands, in 1926. The country was invaded by the German Army in 1940 and when the Gestapo began to round up the Jews they decided to flee the country.

The Flinker family settled in Brussels, Belgium, but they were eventually arrested by the Germans in 1944. Moshe and his parents were sent to Auschwitz where they were murdered in 1944.

Moshe Flinker's diary was published as a book in Hebrew (1958) and English (1965).

Primary Sources

(1) Moshe Flinker, diary entry (22nd December, 1942)

Last Friday afternoon, as I was about to finish my Arabic studies, my father came in and told me that he had some bad news. He had heard that many Jews were dying in the East, and that a hundred thousand had already been killed. When I heard this, my heart stood still and I was speechless with pain and shock. I had been fearing this for a long time, but I had hoped against hope that they really had taken the Jews for forced labour and that therefore they would have to feed, clothe and house them enough to keep them alive. Now my last hopes have been dashed.

(2) Moshe Flinker, diary entry (7th January, 1943)

Last night my parents and I were sitting around the table. It was almost midnight. Suddenly we heard the bell: we all shuddered. We thought that the moment had come for us to be deported. The fear arose mostly because a couple of days ago the inhabitants of Brussels were forbidden to go out after nine o'clock. The reason for this is that on December 31 three German soldiers were killed. Had it not been for this curfew it could have been some man who was lost and was ringing at our door. My mother had already put her shoes on to go to the door, but my father said to wait until the ring once more. But the bell did not ring again. Thank heaven it all passed quietly. Only the fear remained, and all day long my parents have been very nervous.