In 1943, Louis Lam was arrested and sent off to Westerbork Camp. This was a ‘transit camp’ that was used to house Jewish refugees from Germany. The camp had a school, a restaurant and other amenities to give it an upstanding appearance. Little did the Jewish prisoners know they would be shipped off to either Auschwitz or Sobibor in Poland. In September of 1944 the camp was liberated by the Allied Soldiers.
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I'd like to thank Joe Pecore, Magicpedia.com, AskAlexander.com and The Conjuring Arts Research Library for their help in the research for this article. If anyone has the NIVELLI Manuscript that William Rauscher wrote and would be willing to sell it please contact me at email@example.com Also if you have information about other jewish magicians during the Holocaust, or have more information on Nivelli or Louis Lam, please contact me.
By the way, I just discovered in a recent article in MAGIC Magazine, a paragraph on NIVELLI. Apparently, his story is part of the Jewish Magicians of the Golden Age exhibit at the Skirball Center in Los Angeles.