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en Rogier in the USA:
With a song 'Rabbi Iraël' (see below) we - me and my good friend Karin - introduced our telling a legend about the chassidic rabbi Rabbi Israël ben Eleasar, nicknamed the 'Ba'al Shem Tov (18th century), this on an interreligious meeting in Nymegen.
lied leidden wij ons verhaal in, de chassidische egende 'De bruid in
haar graf' over de Ba'al Shem Tov, ofwel Rabbi Israël ben Eleazar.
En wij zijn ik en mijn goede vriendin Kaatje van Z. , die het verhaal
vertelden aan de bezoekers van een Verhalendag, georganiseerd als interreligieuze
ontmoetingsdag in Nijmegen.
Febr. 16 '07
Canne mailed: the spinal tap test is history and it wasn't all that bad. I had some back pain from it late in the evening but that's about all. Tina took very good care of me. Here's a picture she took of the two of us playing around with the new digital camera her dad gave her for Christmas using the timer setting. Can you put this on the family site? We are anticipating the arrival of Ab and Rogier and cannot wait to celebrate Hetty's 56th birthday with them. Veel liefs, Canne
27 jan 2007
Had ik de kracht
van een klimop
Ik ben gisteren met Carine naar Intimate Stranger geweest. Hij draait nu op IDFA t/m 3 december. Ik las net op je site dat je ook aandacht aan de film hebt besteed. Wat leuk dat zijn nicht Ellisa nu net contact met jou zocht. Hoe heeft ze jou gevonden? Ik had er vroeger wel van gehoord maar Carine had het plan opgevat om te gaan. Het was een boeiende film. Zijn grootvader, Joseph Cassuto deed me in een aantal opzichten erg aan mijn vader denken. Alan Berliner zelf was bij de voorstelling aanwezig. Hij leidde deze film en ook een korte film die daaraan vooraf ging zelf in. Er konden ook vragen worden gesteld. Na afloop van het geheel zijn we op hem afgestapt en hebben kennis gemaakt. Hij was opgtogen om twee Cassuto's in de zaal te hebben gehad. Hij zei dat zijn grootvader in de jaren zestig nog contact had met een Cassuto, hij dacht uit Nederland, die George heette. Nou ja, dat moet natuurlijk mijn vader zijn geweest. Hij vroeg mij om mijn email en hij zou op zoek gaan naar die correspondentie. Bij een gemiddelde eregast van de IDFA zou ik niet verwachten dat dat er ooit van komt maar gezien zijn grote interesse in de familiegeschiedenis en de precisie waarmee hij te werk is gegaan denk ik eigenlijk nog wel wat van hem te horen. Heb jij iets teruggevonden van deze briefwisseling?
[ about Joseph Cassuto and the docu by Alan Berliner, seen in the Amsterdam documentary festival by David and Carine, who spoke with the maker - a far family member - present there:
"INTIMATE STRANGER," says Berliner, "walks the fine line between sorting the dirty family laundry and polishing the precious family jewel." Family members try to make sense of it all in this witty, candid and cinematically inventive documentary biography. ]
Rob answered David:
Een curieus heerschap moet het zijn geweest, die Joseph Cassuto, met
zijn hang naar de Jappen..
writes his deep thoughts om his note pad
He was a few days in Friesland with Minke and enjoyed the bike trips in the woods of the district Ooststellingwerf
Lieve Rob, I have a final diagnosis of what has happened to me over
the last two months and why I fell so ill. It turns out that I have
had an exposure to Lyme disease. What that means is that sometime maybe
this summer I was bitten by an infected deer tick and it cause me to
have the virus it transmits in my blood stream. This left me with swelling
in my left elbow and muscle weakness in my tongue. It may also have
been the source of the severe pain in my head that landed me in the
hospital last month. I am going to go on antibiotics for 30 days and
then I should be better. I feel ok now.
Nettie Flesch's 80th birthday
Canne: the Cassutto and Flesch families getting together last month.
I was with Marilyn in New Jersey on the occasion of Nettie Flesch's
80th birthday. She does look amazing doesn't she? Yoli and Tom were
there too. I have more pictures on my camera of that day that need developing.
Then Yoli's sister Udette came to visit us in Maryland and we all went
out to dinner. She is sitting on her boyfriend's lap. We were some friends
of hers that she knew in Maryland and they all met us at the restaurant
|Oma Hetty with
grandchildren Beatrix and Ainsley
op zondag en vele familieleden kwamen bij elkaar op de begraafplaats
Gan Hasjalom in Hoofddorp. Omstreeks half twaalf zeiden we Kaddish.
Hanneke had een aantal geschreven reacties op George's overlijden bij
elkaar gezocht en deze lazen we voor aan het graf; de reacties destijds
maakten duidelijk hoe George bij zijn leven geliefd was, gewaardeerd
om zijn hulp aam anderen en zijn bijzondere visie op Jezus en Jodendom.
afterwards we had a family reunion and drank coffee in a Hoofddorp restaurant and ordered George's favorite snack: een echte Hollandse kroket (croquette)
October 1 2006
sent this mail:
"My name is Eduard Danser and I am mentioned on the pages of the family Bobbe.
I can still freshly remember that I visited several times with my parents (Max and Alida) the house on the Badhuisweg, I believe in 1947,where I met with tante Lien en oom Ies.
I was highly impressed by the carpets that hung on the walls.
We had strong family ties with oom Andries Swaan and tante Dora, daughter of my grandmother Simcha and a Mr Hamme.
I was very pleased with your site!
age=boven de 55"
Rob: This Eduard is the grandson of Simcha (alias Rosine, 21-10-1874-1943, passed away 26-02-1943 Auschwitz) sister to (grand)opa Ies Cassuto). She was married first to Emanuel Hamme,got a daughter, Dora, and then married for the second time to Eleazar Danser, got a son, Max.
This Max Danser was married to Alida Boxelaar en they had two sons, Max and the above Eduard who apparently moved to France. Dora is daughter of the first marriage of Simcha/Rosine and halfsister to Eduards father Max. Dora was married to Andries Swaan. See also the pedigree page on the family site.
I wonder about the carpets he meant; personally I remember a wall cloth that hung in the entry hall with three camels walking in the desert.
Rob Aug. 29 '06
This book was for sale on internet (tip from Hetty):
CASSUTTO, MR. IS. H. Handleiding tot de studie van het adatrecht
I knew about this book. It is a book about Indonesian custom ("adat")
law, written by Prof. mr. Isaäc Cassuto, Opa, great-grandfather,
great-uncle and forebear of most Cassuto's visiting this site.
A few months ago Karel discovered a passage in a book of a Dutch Historian (Cees Fasseur) in which Opa was depicted as a plagiarist. Also the article of a prof. Ter Haar (a colleague in Batavia), in which he accused Opa of plagiarism in this above mentioned book Adatrecht was found by Karel. I have a fotocopy of it.
Thorough study has to reveal what is true about this, but I suspect
a certain carelesness in source acknowledgement in the Cassutto book
has been used by his (antisemitic) ennemies to compromise him and bring
I have some books of Opa, but not this one. As it played such a pivotal role in the family history of that pre war period so I will buy it.
Rob Aug. 21 '06
In fact I have two copies in pretty good condition! They are among
a number of other books and juridical magazines including articles by
Opa Ies. From these it is clear Opa Ies was involved in the Adat-recht
for a long time. I have heard another sad story about his professional
life. At a certain time, I think it was after the war he was working
on a manuscript for a comprehensive handbook on Handelsrecht, Trade
law or Business law. As he was almost finished the Leiden professor
Van Oven published his famous book on Handelrecht. It covered the same
areas so opa Ies saw no point in continuing his efforts. Do you know
this story Rob?
Bas and Leonore in Indonesia where they made a wonderful trip across Java to Bali, during which Bas asked Leonore to officially marry him. Here they are looking to a bright future.
Here then, is the Visit with Uncle Henry update:
We stayed quiet for awhile.
Oom Henri was always Jewish but not very observant (except for the high holy days) until he had to deal with the illness and early passing of his sister. Shortly after Mom died, he became Bar Mitzvah at the Sephardic synagogue in Long Island.
He and Mom had a few discussions about the merits of her placing her faith in Jesus when she was dying, asking her 'what good does being a Christian do for you now". She gave him her answer (this was in private so I wish I knew what she said, but I can imagine.)
He always respected her conversion, though. He decided that if he could not be a Christian, the least he could do was be a good Jew. Because of the war, he had never been Bar Mitsvah.
The occassion of his being Bar Mitvah later in life made a good story and was in the local New York papers. Our family was in attendance for this wonderful celebration.
At his bedside, I read only from the Psalms, not the new Testament out of respect for his beliefs. However, when I sang "Ik ga slapen" to him, I joked for him to please overlook the overt Christian bent to the lyrics. I don't think it mattered to him at that point. "Tel Uw Zegeningen" is a good non-denominational hymn and I think he did have some peace when I sang it to him.
On a lighter note, I also sang "de knolleland" liedje to him, which he sang along to.
I asked him if he remembered Ernest making a mockery of the song on the piano, doing it
"boogie woogie style" and calling it "de knolleland swing". He did remember that, and even Auntie Renie remembered that Ernest entertained everyone by playing the song in various styles, a la Victor Borge, and ending it with the boogie woogie version. I thought that was excellent that she remembered that. Certainly they must have been there when Ernest and Elly had their "Hollandse avonds" with the crew of the Holland America Line, who loved to visit whenever the ships were in New York.
Feel free to share my input on your website on the familie pagina, as well as this addendum.
PS- Someday you and I can have a personal discussion about the after life and how do we resolve various members of the family being Jewish vs Christian? It is a great subject for discussion and everyone has their various opinions!
June 12 2006
Yes, the Knolleland Swing!! I didn't think
aboutit in ages and suddenly I see before my mind's eye
Theatre at the Salisbury University: The students did a theme of songs and one acts from plays if the 80's. Above the curtain call. They were celebrating the 80th anniversary of Salisbury University. It was a wonderful time with dinner first and then the show. Ben and Liz came Saturday night. We all enjoyed the good food and the wonderfully talented students.
April 23rd, 2006 would have been the 75th birthday of our mother and
your tante, Elly Rodrigues Cassutto. Today would have been a very big
occasion, had Mom been here to celebrate it. As Jim and I were driving
back from spending time with Kelly and the babies, Jim and I both said
at the same moment, "I cannot picture mom ever being old".
in law Karel van Zwol found this picture on the internet, on the site
of the Jewish Historic Museum in Amsterdam. It is a graphic picture
titled: "A difficult passage in the Talmud"
heel verschillende foto's
Na lange meditatie is het mij gelukt het licht niet alleen te zien maar ook daadwerkelijk te concentreren tot een lichtpunt. maart 30 2006
Rob April 8 2006
The latest news is that we have found a house about 15-20 minutes from us for Kelly and Mike and the babies to move in to. It is a nice big house. We are in the process of remodelling it with the colors they chose, and installing the new appliances for them.
We hope to have the grandbabies close by around the first of May.
Then Jim and I can be Pop-pop (as he likes to be called,) and Oma from nearby and on call whenever they need us. The babies had their 6 months check up and immunizations. Ainsley starts physical therapy next week so she can be stronger and keep her motor development on track.
march 9 2005
mailed: Hey All, Check out this story of Grace & Glorie
Cassutto. Another reason we named them the way we did. Picture:
l. Glorie, r. Grace
The family van, however, was uncooperative that morning and would not
start, Ms. Cassutto said. She and the kids went back inside their house.
Grace, Glorie and Gabe went into the living room while their mother
called the auto mechanic.
Grace recalled playing with a remote control hamster toy, which she was running off the edge of a table to make her sister laugh. Suddenly, Glorie stopped laughing and was gripping her throat."I could hear all this ruckus in the living room," Ms. Cassutto said, referring to the children laughing. "Then I hear Gabe screaming his head off."Thinking they were just fooling around, she told them to settle down and headed for the living room. What she saw was not a joke.
Glorie was choking on her candy. Grace sprang into action, performing
the Heimlich maneuver to dislodge the Life Saver. She had learned the
technique in a Safe Sitter class offered at Frederick Community College
just months earlier.
She later told her mother that she remembered an image from a pack
of cards given to participants in the class. Grace grasped her sister
and pushed in and up, just as she had practiced on little dolls in the
class, she said.
"Your mind doesn't grasp what you're seeing," she said.
"There are adults that would panic in that situation," she
said. "For a 12-year-old child É what presence to be able
to do that."
"I didn't think I'd ever have to use it, especially on my own
sister," she said.
Hepatitis c was diagnosed years ago.
A first treatment with the standard therapy of interferon and ribavirin was not effective.
A second treatment more than one and a half year ago under supervision of doctor W. at the Amsterdam medical center took until now, one and a half year of sometimes drastic side effects (among which fatigue is the most prominent).
The chance the virus will be eradicated after such a prolonged treatment is signicant higher.
A great relief: after stopping taking the medicine three weeks ago a first check yesterday showed important indications that the virus is not present.
Hurrah! The future would have looked a lot bleaker if the most significant indicator, the so called ALAT or ALT value for liver infection and destruction of liver cells would have demonstrated a rise!
Though definite confirmation will follow in a month when the result of the virus test will become known.
I am thankfull my body, spirit, doctor W. and a healing power emanating from the all envelopping creative ground to be called God brought me on the path of health and I hope to put it into the service of creativity and to transform it into a blessing for my companions on the road.
A more extensive report of the treatment is to be read on my special Hepc diary
Rob febr. 24 2006
"Lieve Rob, gisteren hebben wij onze billets gekocht! So we leave
Baltimore on Saturday July 29th and leave August 9th. We will be celebrating
lots of birthdays as Tina and I have named this our birthday bash Dutch
vacation. She will have turned 19 the day before on the 28th and we
will celebrate Irene's and David's birtday while we're in Holland. Can
you put this news on the website? I'm sending you this picture of us
from this past Christmas since it's the most recent. veel liefs, Canne"
mails: "We've had our black and white cat named Mickey for 5 years
already and wanted to add a new member so we went to our local animal
shelter and got a young gray cat named Smokey. By the way, Mickey is
the old man at 12 and Smokey is like his pesty little brother at 1 year
of age.Veel liefs, Canne"
Haden-Cassutto introduces Gilbert and later (June 3) completes the cat
gallery with Worf:"Here is a foto for the Cats section... Calvin
with his cat Worf. He was a little black stray that Calvin and his friend
Aron found in the woods when he was 18. Now, almost 12 years later,
Calvin has moved out and gotten married. Worf had to stay behind with
us. But whenever Calvin comes to visit, Worf is so happy. He sits at
Calvin's place at the table and he misses him very much.love, Hetty"
hier een kiekje dat mijn broer opzond: de poes Poelie, reeds sinds lang
zaliger nagedachtenis. Mijn vader kreeg hem op zijn verjaardag van een
oude huisvriend (Wim van E. weetjewel) zomaar cadeau, in een doos. Omstreeks
vijftien jaar lang was hij in het ouderlijk huis in de Vogelkersstraat
82, Den Haag, de spil van het familieleven.
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