Photo Essay

Leny Boeken, holocaust survivor

For three years I spend a lot of time with amazing Leny Boeken (1922-2012), a little, beautiful woman: survivor of WWII, hiding at several places in the Netherlands and came back from Auschwitz, the only one from her family. She allowed me to go with her into her life; hairdresser, doctor, her shop that se run with her son and granddaughter, to memorial services, schools where she spoke about her life with student, to Poland visiting all the camps and where too she told her story to visitors. These three years have changed my life; she (and all my reading about WWII) gave me a permanent feeling of gratitude for our freedom, my family, my healthy parents, kids, sisters, food, holidays, clothes, warm blankets and showers, dinners together with friends, anything!

VOTE: Do you like this story?

Tell a friend about this story!

Tell a friend about this story!

  1. or
Preview

Hi there!

thought you might like this story!

http://jpgmag.com/stories/19558

Thanks,
—The JPG team

11 responses

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (9 Nov 2013):

    A wonderful photo collection of excellent black and white images...You have my votes!

  • JPG

    JPG gave props (10 Nov 2013):

    Congrats on getting Story of the Week!

  • MindTheStep

    MindTheStep gave props (11 Nov 2013):

    Wonderful story! Congrats!

  • Carol Arntsen Masiak

    Carol Arntsen Masiak gave props (11 Nov 2013):

    wonderful powerful and congrats on story of the week!

  • Lynn E. Harvey

    Lynn E. Harvey   gave props (12 Nov 2013):

    Congratulations a touching and very powerful story.

  • Lynn E. Harvey

    Lynn E. Harvey   gave props (12 Nov 2013):

    I hope that you will have this heartfelt story published...

  • Prashant Gupta

    Prashant Gupta gave props (14 Nov 2013):

    Congrats on getting story of the week

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (14 Nov 2013):

    Hell YEAH! Rad!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (14 Nov 2013):

    Congrats on making Story of the Week!

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (21 Nov 2013):

    A well deserved Story of the Week very sad and poignant and yet detailing the success she has made of her life despite it all. Thank you!!!

  • Bruce Baker

    Bruce Baker   gave props (27 Nov 2013):

    Congratulations on a wonderful, poignant, and relevant story. The honor is well deserved.

Want to leave a comment? Log in or sign up!