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- The collection contains six letters and one card. Four letters and perhaps the card were sent by the Dreyfuss family - consisting of father Heinrich Dreyfuss, mother Dina Isenberg and daughters Leonie and Lotte (Lottie) - after they had moved to Leuven, to their former next-door neighbours, the Perck family. Two other letters were sent by the Dreyfuss family, while detained at the Dossin barracks, to their friends the Perck family and the Samuel family.
- Perck family, next-door neighbours of the Dreyfuss family at Driekoningenstraat in Berchem, Antwerp.
- Dutch, German
- 17 digitised images (6 letters and 1 card)
During the war, the Perck family lived at Driekoningenstraat 65 in Berchem, Antwerp. They befriended the Dreyfuss family, living next door on number 67, which consisted of father Heinrich Dreyfuss, mother Dina Isenberg and daughters Leonie and Lotte (Lottie) Dreyfuss. In January 1941, the Dreyfuss family was advised to leave the very anti-Semitic town of Antwerp and to move to Leuven. While the Samuel family, which had also befriended the Dreyfuss family and which had moved to Leuven as well, did not register at the municipality, Heinrich Dreyfuss insisted that his family did, even when a municipal clerk tried to turn him away. During their stay in Leuven, the Dreyfuss family remained in close contact with their former non-Jewish neighbours, the Perck family. The daughters Dreyfuss visited the Percks regularly and even stayed there overnight. The Dreyfuss family received their convocations for forced labour (Arbeitseinsatzbefehl) in the summer of 1942. They voluntarily presented themselves the Dossin barracks on 1st August 1942. On 4 August, Heinrich Dreyfuss and his wife Dina Isenberg were deported via transport I. Both of them perished. Their daughters Leonie and Lotte were initially members of the kitchen staff at the Dossin barracks, but their names where then added to the deportation list of transport II. Leonie Dreyfuss was deported a week after her parents. No further information regarding the fate of Lotte Dreyfuss is available. It is presumed that she joined her sister Leonie on transport II. Both girls presumably perished.
A sister of Misses Perck-Van Lent, Misses Veys-Van Lent, hid members of the Jewish Glasmakers family at her home at De Leescorfstraat in Borgerhout, Antwerp. The Perck family received letters from members of the Glasmakers family abroad, which were then delivered to the Veys family.
- The Perck family received these letters after their former Jewish neighbours, the Dreyfuss family, had moved to Leuven. Two documents date from the period that the Dreyfuss family was detained at the Dossin barracks. After the death of Roger Perck, father of the donor and childhood friend of the Dreyfuss sisters, in 2013, his daughter Hanni Perck collected the letters. She kindly donated them to Kazerne Dossin in 2016.
- Hanni Perck, granddaughter of the Perck family