If you would like to read this really nice article written by Andrew Carter for Echo News, please follow this link
A story about the Angel Of Belsen was beautifully documented and narrated by Jane Pauley in 1994. This is what was recently posted to Facebook. As Sister Luba is interviewed and as Hetty and her brother Max are both interviewed on this programme also, we feel Hetty’s followers will love to see this.
From director Julie Cohen: Sad to learn of the recent passing of one of my colleagues at NBC, Avrom Zaritsky. A mutual friend posted this lovely story he produced years ago about a woman who saved children at Bergen-Belsen. May the memories of Avrom, and all whose stories are told here, be a blessing. And best wishes for a truly Happy New Year.
A true favourite of the many WA Senior schools, Hetty visits during the year, is Carmel School, where last year she shed a tear at the genuine out-pour of appreciation from the students, who attended her talk there. This year was no different, not a peep from the students whilst Hetty spoke of her experiences, so beautifully written in her books and many hugs and always great thanks for this Perth grandmother who shows how much she loves all children.
Hetty tries to make each session she has with her students, who attend her talks, an experience, they will never ever! forget. Although each time the reaction to her story is similar and the respect Hetty gains from each individual child becomes obvious, Hetty likes to entertain and keep the students attention, by varying her talks about her many experiences, yet each ending is virtually the same. She reminds the children, yes, life goes on but to please never forget the day she met them and to pass it on to their parents and then later to their own children.
It is up to the current generation to pass on their knowledge to the next and that includes the history of the Holocaust.
Hetty had a captured audience at Perth Modern on October 19th. The students were very attentive as Hetty spoke of the her harrowing experiences during her time in Bergen Belsen concentration camp. She also discussed the brutality of Auscwitz the notorious death camp were her Uncle, Grandparents and many of her close family were gassed. Although a unpleasant subject the students were enthralled by Hetty’s story as it unfolded.
Later the screening of the small segment about Hetty seen on 7’s Saturday Night programme a few months back, was watched keenly by the entire room of students. A good representation of the variety of nationalities and cultures attending the school, came forward to thank Hetty for sharing her remarkable story. There’s no doubt Perth Modern will be inviting Hetty back once more for an encore before too long.
A remarkable video has just been unearthed today of a very special Doco with the well respected TV Journalist Jane Pauly, interviewing The Angel of Belsen. This introduces the incredible Sister Luba, a brave woman who, speaks here about her times in Bergen Belsen, discovering over 40 children in a barrack, in the middle of night. She tells her story of taking those children under her wing. The rest is history as we say.
Also we see Hetty and her brother Max Werkendam speak openly of their experiences as two, of those children, of The Children’s House of Belsen.
There’s been such a wonderful response to the story called Hetty’s Happiness seen on Seven on the Sunday Night Programme ending with Hetty’s inspiring words, as she finishes her talk at a Perth school to many spell bound students.
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Hetty was seen on Sunday Night channel 7 on a small segment called Hetty’s Secret To Happiness. Filmed in Amsterdam, Perth and Bergen Belsen in Germany, it aired tonight 15th November nationally on Seven. Some remarkable and completely restored black and white footage also was screened, showing Hetty as a 15 year old, on a swing, being playfully pushed by her brother Max. The film was taken after the liberation of Belsen and only just as Hetty was recovering from Typhus.
The footage comes from the archives of the Imperial War Museum London and was beautifully restored for the 70 years commemoration .
We have included the link below of the Sunday Night programme.
On a drizzly grey day in April this year 2015, when Kae and her family visited Bergen Belsen Kae was prepared to experience some gloom, yet after sitting through speeches and ceremonial plaque laying, given in German (which she didn’t understand) she found the entire day more than just a little draining, that is, until Hetty began chatting to her. With Hetty’s bubbly personality, she had added a bit brightness to Kae’s day. Kae later wrote about her meeting with Hetty – in her Pink Coat, on her own little blog.
The link to Kae’s article is below
The German President visited Bergen Belsen this 70th anniversary of the liberation of the camp where there are many many mass graves left untouched with but a few headstones.
An acquaintance of Hetty’s a well known historian, and author himself of many books, Hans-Dieter Arntz, has written a book called The Last Elder of Bergen Belsen -Josef Weiss. Hans-Dieter also went to Belsen this year.
It seems The President of Germany Joachim Gauk, sent a letter to Hans-Dieter and added his very special greetings to the Family Verolme and Weiss – dated May 2015.
Speaking to Hetty of Hans- Dieter today , she said “He sent me a copy of the actual letter he received from the President of Germany, where the President sends his personal Greetings to Family Verolme and Weiss”.
Hetty said she was especially honored to have received words from two European Presidents during her tour in May. “I find it unbelievable” she said with excitement “that now a second President in Europe has done this”.
The first recognition came from The Italian President Sergio Mattarella, who opened the book Fair in Turin” she said. Hetty was a guest speaker there when President Mettarella gave Hetty an honorable mention in his opening speech, that day, 14th May 2015.
Hetty has been asked to say a few words at the opening of a book fair in Turin. She has enjoyed the last few days site seeing and visiting schools in Milan where she has given talks in English whilst it’s been directly translated into Italian for the students. Speaking from Milan today, Hetty said “Some had tears and their eyes full of emotion and the Teacher was also very moved”.
Tomorrow in Turin she’ll be interviewed on Italian radio and speaking at the Book Fair. The last radio broadcast on Dutch Radio on 4th May saw record internet sales for Hetty’s book. The interest continues in Italy.