• The British Museum (London, England)

    The British Museum – Coins and Medals click title to view Almost 600 medals were acquired by the British Museum in London, England from M. Frankenhuis over the years in 1919-1921, mostly the product of German artists. George Hill, the Keeper of the British Museum was keen on acquiring these significant medals for the British Museum Collection since it was not possible for them to obtain from the belligerent countries during the first World War 1914 – 1918. However, as a citizen of neutral Netherlands, M. Frankenhuis was able to procure these medals. Although aliens were barred from England in 1919, these medals were “deemed of value to the nation”…

  • The Kadman Museum (Tel Aviv, Israel)

    Museum and Exhibit Kadman Numismatic Pavillion click title to view The vast store of World War I numismatic material of the Frankenhuis Collection numbering 1600 medals, medalets, and plaques pertaining to World War I and 500 items of World War II was donated in 1961 to the Kadman Numismatic Pavillion of Eretz Israel Museum, in Tel Aviv, Israel. Three years later, a special exhibit entitled: “Five Years of Nazi Domination as Told by Commemorative Medals” was curated. Kadman Museum WWI Centennial Exhibit click title to view A permanent World War I Centennial exhibit of the Frankenhuis Collection medals of World War I was launched in 2016. Selections from the largest…

  • Columbia University Library (New York, U.S.A.)

    Rare Books and Manuscripts Library Frankenhuis Collection of World War I Posters 5,000 posters of World War I, amassed by Maurice Frankenhuis of the Frankenhuis Collection were donated in 1975 to Columbia University Rare Books and Manuscripts Library in New York. Columbia University Libraries Archival Collections World War I posters from a collection of almost 5.000 that survived two world wars, Nazi looting and 26 years in the basement of a West Side apartment house, have been put on display at Columbia University. A gift of the family of a concentration camp survivor, the collection gives Columbia a total of about 8,000 World War I posters, one of the largest…

  • The Jewish Museum (New York)

    Lodz Ghetto coins donated to Jewish Museum in New York, 1965 “Der Aelteste der Juden in Litzmannstadt” (The Oldest of the Jews in Litzmannstadt) During the World War 1939-1945 the words “concentration camp” became words of fear. Unlike prisoner-of-war camps and internment camps which gave at least some recognition of the rules of war, concentration camps were slave labor and death camps, with the emphasis on death. Other than political prisoners, the bulk of the concentration camp inmates was comprised of races that the rulers of Germany seemed determined to eradi- cate, with the Jews in first place. Six million died in these camps, the result of starvation, brutality, shooting…

  • Get Out

    Later in the history books, people will probably read that it was maybe a minority of the Germans who wanted war. But I want to tell these people: do not believe it. I know. Read my books, circulars, diaries. This is the real thing and – Maybe? – the historic books are fairy tales, a distortion of the facts in the years 1933…… And I should like to tell this to my people and their offspring. If there ever is a persecution again, when a minority is treated again as an inferior individual, it is the duty of every responsible person to… get out… clear out… And if it is…

  • Going into Hiding

    Rita, the good soul, the “Angel” as my mother calls her, stands in front of her house, knowing the time about which I would leave and accompanying mea little way on my road to lighten the heavy gait. “Here is something for the nerves” when she pushes a little bottle into my hand and dropping a few pills in one of my side-pockets.” When you enter the lodgings, you take a tablet.” How good it is at this moment to have a human being who has got pity on you, to relieve you from your pains and what is more, to hear her prophecies “that this spook will only last…

  • Prince Louis Ferdinand

    Three Hohenzollern, three S.A. Men! On March 1934 the German Ex-crown prince Wilhelm let himself be photographed at the castle Caecilian-Hof with both of his sons. At that time Hitler was in power for a good year. The ex-crown prince (middle) on this occasion was wearing the uniform of motor- S.A.- man, Prince Hubertus (left ) the uniform of “Sturmfuhrer ” (Com.commandant with the S. A.) Reserve I and prince Friedrich (right) that of ” Oberscharfuhrer ” of the Reserve I. The sons were holding a higher office (order) than their father. The picture was published of the son of Kaiser Wilhelm II, the crown prince together with his 2…

  • Personal Effects

    Two custom display cases created by Maurice Frankenhuis to house all of his personal effects that he managed to carry with him through the camps and left with. His descriptions on the left are his full explanation and expressive regard for its value to him in the environment of the concentration camps.

  • Shawls

    Nazi liquidation of Dutch institutions With the pilfering of the various institutions; well, in the old days it was called in German “klauen” (pilfer), now it is called in German “einnehmen” (take in). Let me use the old way, that is: With the pilfering of the various institutions, like: De Joodsche Invaliede (The Jewish Invalid) in the city of Amsterdam Het Joodsche Weeshuis (The Jewish Orphanage House) of The Hague Het Apeldoornsche Bosch (The Apeldoorn Forst) of Apeldoorn And various others in the country – including very many synagogues – their inhabitants left for an unknown destination somewhere in the East. Suddenly there was an oversupply of shawls, an abundance…

  • Commander Gemmeker

    Maurice Frankenhuis, an inmate at the deportation camp Westerbork in Holland, procured sketches and schematics and clandestine photographs. Commander Gemmecke, now commonly spelled Gemmeker, overseeing Jews being loaded into transport trains at Westerbork concentration camp. The identical scene was captured by two artists: Werner Lowenhardt, an artist, and a photographer – from a different perspective. Notice the identical tree, smoke, and wheelbarrow, and of course, Gemmecke standing with his hands clasped behind his back. Sketch and photograph of Gemmecke in Westerbork Artifacts from the Frankenhuis Collection