Local Holocaust survivor, Frieda E. Roos-Van Hessen turns 100 Local Holocaust survivor, Frieda E. Roos-Van Hessen turns 100
Today it is a rare honor to meet a person who lived through the horrors of the Holocaust. It is crucial that we hear the stories of these remarkable people and preserve them for the next generation who won’t have a living tie to this tragic chapter of our history. On Saturday, April 25, hundreds of people had this rare honor and privilege as they gathered at Hope of Israel Congregation in Charlotte, for the birthday celebration of a very special member of this Messianic Synagogue, 100 year old Holocaust survivor, Frieda E. Roos–Van Hessen.
Before the Nazi occupation of Holland, Frieda was one of her country’s foremost concert and opera singers. At the height of her career, she was named one of the eight best female singers in the world. Her singing career came to an abrupt halt as the war began, and as a Jewish woman, she was forced to go into hiding. As millions of her people were murdered, Frieda miraculously survived as she was smuggled from one hiding place to another, and by the time the war was over, had escaped death countless times, at one point even being allowed to leave after being taken to Gestapo headquarters. […]