Bertha van Gelderen

11 November 1883–28 September 1942 (Age 58)
Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands

The Life of Bertha

When Bertha van Gelderen was born on 11 November 1883, in Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands, her father, Abraham van Gelderen, was 25 and her mother, Sara van Gelderen, was 23. She married Philip Keizer Polak on 31 January 1906. They were the parents of at least 1 daughter. She died on 28 September 1942, in Katowice, Poland, at the age of 58.

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Philip Keizer Polak
Bertha van Gelderen
Marriage: 31 January 1906
Henriette Polak

Spouse and Children

31 January 1906


    Henriette Polak


Parents and Siblings



+1 More Child

World Events (8)


Age 7

Death by suicide of van Gogh.
1895 · Museum Willet-Holthuysen

Age 12

Louisa Holthuysen, owner of a prestigious house she had inherited from past generations, bequeathed the property to the city of Amsterdam at the time of her passing. Her only request was that the building, and its contents, become a museum known by the name of Willet-Holthuysen. The building remains open to the public, and contains many decorative paintings (including some of unknown origin).
1899 · Hague Peace Convention

Age 16

The Hague Peace Convention was a series conferences that produced treaties and declarations. The convention took place in Hague, Netherlands. The conferences were among the first formal statements of the laws of war and war crimes in secular international law.

Name Meaning

1 Vietnamese: unexplained.2 Dutch (De Van): metonymic occupational name for a winnower or a maker of winnowing fans, from Middle Dutch van(ne) ‘fan’.3 English: Western English variant of Fann .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Bertha Van Gelderen, "Netherlands, Noord-Holland, Civil Registration, 1811-1950"
  • Bertha van Gelderen, "Netherlands, Noord-Holland, Civil Registration, 1811-1950"
  • Bertha van Gelderen in entry for Henriëtte Polak, "Netherlands, Archival Indexes, Vital Records"

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