Asser Wolf and Bertha Tobias

Asser Wolf was buried at the new Jewish cemetery of Terborg.

Bertha Tobias was the sixth child of Jacob Tobias and Malchen Benjamin. She was born on October 29, 1853 in Oberdreis, Germany. She lived in Gelsenkirchen by the time she married Asser Wolf of Silvolde, Gelderland in October 1886. Asser was the son of Liefmann Wolf and Reintje Bamberg. The Wolf family originates from Meckenheim, Germany. Asser’s grandfather Joseph Leib Wolff came to the Netherlands in 1821.

Bertha and Asser had four children. Their daughter Amalie Wolf was born on July 17, 1887 in Silvolde. She married Joseph Isaac Mestriz. He was born in Amsterdam on May 25, 1895. They ran a clothing shop in Terborg, the neighboring village of Silvolde. Their son Bernard “Bennie” was born on August 8, 1925. Their daughter Bertha was born on July 1, 1927, but died at only three days old.

Amalie’s sister Rosalia was born on July 25, 1890. She married the widower Isaac Hammelburg of Nijkerk, Gelderland. She died on March 12, 1926 in Amsterdam and had no children.

Jacob Wolf was the third child of Bertha and Asser. He was born on December 25, 1892 in Silvolde and married Henriette de Winter of Gendringen, Gelderland. She was born on April 2, 1898. They had two sons. Alfred was born on September 24, 1924 and Nico was born on October 29, 1925.

The fourth child, Leo Wolf, was born on August 5, 1894 and he died a year later on August 11, 1895.

Bertha’s family also raised the daughter of her niece Amalie. She was the daughter of Bertha’s brother Hermann Tobias from Bingen on Rhine. Amalie came to Silvolde in July 1899 and her daughter Toni was born on December 22, 1899. Amalie went back to Germany in January. Toni married Abraham Cohen from Arnhem and they ran a coffee house on Wielakker Straat 36. They had 8 children: Emanuel (May 20, 1921), Bertha (June 5, 1924), Philip (April 3, 1926), Marianne Rosalie (September 17, 1927), Asser (August 21, 1929), Emma (October 1931 — October 1932), Ida (November 23, 1932) and Karel (May 18, 1935).

Bertha Tobias Wolf passed away in Silvolde on August 7, 1927 and is buried at the old Jewish cemetery of Terborg. Her husband Asser died on September 26, 1941 and is buried in the new cemetery. He didn’t witness the first wave of arrests anymore when his son Jacob and his son-in-law Jospeh Mestriz were taken to Mauthausen in October 1941. Both were killed soon after and their wifes and sons then went into hiding, but Bennie and Nico were the only ones who survived.