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The Frieda Belinfante Collection

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Frieda Belinfante was born in Amsterdam in 1904. Her father was Jewish but her mother was not. Trained as a musician, Frieda was one of the first female conductors. During the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands, Frieda joined a Dutch resistance group. She forged identity documents for people hiding from the Nazis and their collaborators and helped to plan an attack on Amsterdam’s population registry. Klaus Mueller, the Museum’s European representative, interviewed Frieda when she was 90 years old, just nine months before she passed away.

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