Ivy Philips, a Jewish boy from a good family, fled from his home town Zutphen at age 15, along with his friend Fritz Cohen. He spent the war in the hamlet De Heurne, near the border village of Dinxperlo. They pretended to be students, named Jan Klinkenberg and Frits Verwey, who didn’t want to go to Germany for the Arbeidseinsatz. That way, it was less risky to find a hiding place. They used forged identity cards.
With help of the Ladies Jolink in Varsseveld he found shelter at the Groot Nibbelink-Harmelink family in 1943 at ‘De Nieuwe Roesse’ farm in De Heurne, where he went to work as a farmhand.
‘Jan van de Roesse’ was very believable with his pale blue eyes and blond hair. Moreover, he spoke the local dialect. Frits however, who stayed nearby at the ‘Kwerreveld’ farm, despite his false surname, stood out too much and went back.
Ivy only recently learned that his mother and little brother Maurice, after they had registered, were transported via camp Vught to camp Westerbork and within days were murdered in the concentration camp Sobibor. After the war, it turned out that his cousin Bep Frankenhuis also survived the war, hiding in nearby Dinxperlo.
Ivy started recording the events years ago: “To my grandsons Sem Tobias Izak Barent Philips, born April 22, 2002 in Amsterdam and Thomas Maarten Maurits Phillips, born February 5, 2004 in West End, England. [..] This family history is partly recorded because of tragic circumstances during World War II. The scope of it is very big, my only son and child never knew his paternal grandparents. Fortunately however, his maternal grandparents have compensated a lot of it.”
Ivy Philips donated his journals, diaries and photos to the Nationaal Onderduikmuseum in Aalten. It’s important to the museum that his story is captured and retold. On March 27, 2015 the book presentation took place in the museum. The book is titled ‘Hallo, Ken je me niet meer?’ (‘Hello, don’t you remember me?’). Ivy Philips passed away at 10 January 2018.