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. In De Heurne, Ivy found shelter with the Groot Nibbelink family on the ‘Roesse’ farm, 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 was nearby (at the ‘Kwerreveld’ farm), despite his false surname, stood out too much and went back.
Ivy has only recently learned that his mother and little brother Maurice, after they had registered, were transported via Vught to Westerbork and within days were murdered in the concentration camp Sobibor. After the war, it turned out that his cousin was also in hiding in 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.”
It’s important to the National Hideout 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?’)