Arie van Mansum fonds

Language of Description
Alt. Identifiers
  • 191
1 Jan 1940 - 31 Dec 2007
Level of Description
EHRI Partner

Extent and Medium

21cm of textual records, 17 photographs

1 box in OS

Biographical History

Arie (Harry) Hendricks van Mansum was born at Utrecht, Holland, on March 5, 1920 to Gerrit and Neeltje van Mansum. As a travelling salesman, Arie had a rail pass which allowed him to travel freely after the German occupation of the Netherlands. Arie began helping Jewish refugees in the Netherlands in 1938 and in 1940 at the age of 20, he became involved in the Dutch Resistance Movement. He distributed the Dutch underground newspaper "Free Netherlands," found safe homes to hide Jews, and established an underground transportation network to move Jewish refugees. He was also involved in the distribution of food stamps and false identification cards for the Jews in hiding. In 1952 he married Doris van Diggele and the couple emigrated to Ottawa in 1958 where he started an insurance company. The couple had three children, Ria, Gerrit, and Margaret. Doris died in 1970 and Arie later remarried with Annette van Loenen. Van Mansum went on to receive awards from St. Lawrence University, Yad Vashem, and the Government of Israel. In 1969, Yad Vashem recognized Arie van Mansum as Righteous Among the Nations. He was also the subject of a biography, "A Friend Among Enemies" by Janet Keith, in 1991. He died in Ottawa in 1999.

Scope and Content

Fonds consists of textual records, photographs, and ephemera. Series include Arie Van Mansum's experiences during WWII, his postwar experiences, personal accounts, correspondence, Margaretha Van Mansum, pamphlets, the Dutch Undeground movement, and Canada. Fonds also contains a framed certificate from The Jewish Community Council of Ottawa to Arie van Mansum stating the establishment of the Arie van Mansum Holocaust Education Resource Project - 1991; a framed certificate in French and Hebrew, presented to Arie van Mansum by La Commission des Justes (Commission of the Righteous) in Jerusalem - November 3, 1969; and two large photo reproductions of a Dutch document presented to Arie van Mansum - 13 November 1945.


    1. Donations came through Arie van Mansum’s will, dated February 28, 1998, and Ralph P. Euverman, his son-in-law. 2. Biographical information from the Ottawa Jewish Bulletin & Review, October 25, 1991. 3. "A Friend Among Enemies" donated on Shoah evening, April, 2003 by Ralph P. Euverman. 4. Preliminary online translations for the large photo reproductions of the Dutch document indicate a "Charter offered to Arie van Mansum for persons listed here...", "...thanks for...", "...during the occupancy years."
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