Lea van West-Kat
Bereikte de leeftijd van 39 jaar
Blasiusstraat 98 I, Amsterdam
I am commemorating Lea van West-Kat, who lived in the same building I live in now.
Born on 24th August, 1903, Lea Kat was the youngest child of five and she lived with her family at Blasiusstraat 116. In 1929 she married Joseph van West, a diamond worker, with whom she had three children: Bloeme, Louis and Vogelina. They lived together at Blasiusstraat 98-I.
I imagine the sense of community Lea would have felt living here, a few doors away from her parents and their shop, surrounded by friends and family. Their own vibrant world full of everyday joys and struggles.
She was murdered on February 1st, 1943, aged 39. Her mother and three children were murdered on the same day. Her husband was murdered a few weeks later.