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Holocaust Survivor Shares Her Stories In North Fork

NORTH FORK – The public is invited to share some time with Dina Angress, Holocaust survivor and contributor to the Bay Area Holocaust Oral History Project.

Angress will be visiting Minarets High School and North Fork Elementary School on Feb. 12 and 13. Grace Community Church will be hosting a gathering on Wednesday, Feb. 13, at 1 p.m. and the public is invited to attend.Dina Angress was born Dina Dassberg on Oct. 12, 1928 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands (Holland). Dina and her two younger sisters were raised in an Orthodox Jewish family.

In 1939 Dina’s father was called to the front line to serve as a medic. Around October 1941, the Jews were forced to relocate to the Jewish quarter in Amsterdam. Dina and her mother baked fish cakes for the Jews who had been imprisoned. Once this became known they were forced into hiding.

In September 1943, the last of the largest raids in Amsterdam took place. Dina’s father, the only remaining doctor, was exempt from the concentration camp round up.

Shortly after, the family was forced to split up and hide in different areas of the town with different families. Dina’s last name was changed to Capanters, and she was hidden in two different households until the liberation of the Netherlands.

After the war, Dina was reunited with her family. For a time, Dina worked in a home for children whose parents had been murdered in concentration camps; she also spent some time obtaining her certification to become a maternity nurse.

In 1947, Mrs. Angress married and in 1948, emigrated to the United States. In 1983, Dina obtained her master’s degree from San Francisco State University after earning her bachelor’s degree from the University of San Francisco. She works as a social worker, with a specialty in adoption.

Dina will be at Minarets High School on Tuesday morning, Feb. 12, and at North Fork Elementary School on Wednesday, Feb. 13.

The public is invited to attend a gathering with Dina at Grace Community Church, 56442 Road 200 in North Fork, on Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 13 at 1 p.m.

Provenance The Bay Area Holocaust Oral History Project conducted the interview with Dina Angress on May 27, 1990. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum received the tapes of the interview from the Bay Area Holocaust Oral History Project in February 2003.Biography of Dina Angress published on United States Holocaust Memorial Museum webpage on May 27, 1990. http://collections.ushmm.org/search/catalog/irn513034

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