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- This collection contains two letters and a postcard sent by Willem Wouthuysen and his wife Ester Ricardo, while detained at the Dossin barracks in August 1942, to their daughter Elisabeth Wouthuysen and her husband Karoly Farago.
- Willem Wouthuysen and his wife Ester Ricardo
- Digitally stored at Dossin barracks
- Ger Wieberdink, private collection, s.l.
- 6 digitised images (3 letters)
Willem Wouthuysen was born in Amsterdam on 16 April 1888 and became a diamond merchant. In 1912 he married Ester Ricardo, born in Amsterdam on 8 August 1887. The couple had three children : Louis David, born on 9 December 1913 in Amsterdam (passed away on 11 July 1916), Siegfried Adolf, born on 17 August 1916 in Amsterdam, and Elisabeth, born on 13 April 1918 in Amsterdam.
In 1931 the family migrated to Antwerp. After studying chemistry at Ghent University, Siegfried Adolf "Sieg" Wouthuysen returned to the Netherlands to study at Leiden University. He survived the war abroad and became a physicist whom also contributed to quantum mechanics. The Foldy-Wouthuysen transformation and the Wouthuysen-Field coupling were both a result of his research and were named after him. Siegfried Adolf Wouthuysen got married and had a daughter. He passed away in 1996.
In 1941, Elisabeth Wouthuysen married the Hungarian chemical engineer Karoly Farago. They settled at Timmermansstraat 102 in Forest, Brussels. Karoly's nationality protected the young couple from deportation and both survived the war. Elisabeth went on to remarry mister Wieberdink and had children and grandchildren, among whom the donor of the collection. Elisabeth Wouthuysen passed away in 2011.
In July 1942, Elisabeth and Siegfried's parents Willem Wouthuysen and Ester Ricardo received a convocation for forced labour (Arbeitseinsatzbefehl). Both of them reported to the Dossin barracks on 1st August 1942 and were added to the deportation list of Transport II. They remained at the Dossin barracks for 10 days and wrote several letters to their daughter Elisabeth while interned there. Neither survived deportation on 11 August 1942.
- In 2015 (grand)son Ger Wieberdink donated digital copies of the three letters sent by his (great)grandparents Willem Wouthuysen and Ester Ricardo while interned at the Dossin barracks to his (grand)mother Elisabeth Wouthuysen.
- Ger Wieberdink, 2012