Settela•Com | ISSN 2949-9313

NL — Nederlands beneden ( dutch below)

Settela•Com – ISSN 2949-9313 – is the short title for Settela•Communications, a creation and online ongoing integrating resource established in 2017 by publisher Miracles.Media from The Netherlands . The public opening was May 19, 2019 — 75 years after the day, the deportation of the Sinti girl Settela Steinbach from the Westerbork camp was filmed — with the screening of a new one-minute film ‘Settela‘ .

Settela Steinbach

The name Settela•Com was choosen in memory of the Dutch girl Anna Maria – Settela – Steinbach, born December 23, 1934 in the Netherlands, into a Sinti family — part of the Romani people.
Settela was 9 years old when she was filmed May 19, 1944 in Camp Westerbork in the Netherlands — with a headscarf to cover her shaved head , speechless staring out between the sliding doors of a cattle car of a transport with Jews, Roma, and Sinti bound for deportation to the Nazi concentration camps Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen.
Settela Steinbach was murdered together with family and other Sinti and Roma early August 1944 in Auschwitz, during the liquidation of the “Zigeunerlager”.

Westerbork Film

Settela was filmed by the German-Jewish camp prisoner Rudolf Werner Breslauer for a documentary of the Westerbork camp in 1944. This Westerbork film is unique…the only authentic documentary footage filmed in a Nazi camp – the Westerbork camp — a waiting room in the Netherlands for the deportation and death of around 100,000 Jews, and Roma, Sinti, and others.
When the Westerbork camp was liberated in 1945 the Westerbork film footage (the film wasn’t finished) began a new life. This film on daily life in the Westerbork camp was added in 2017 to the Memory of the World Register of Unesco.

Destruction of Diversity

Settela’s portrait with the headscarf in the Westerbork film has become the face of the Nazi deportations. Initially, the anonymous face of the Jewish genocide, and later following the discovery in the 1990s of her identity and association with the Sinti group of the Romani people, an iconic image of the holocaust, of the Nazi destruction of diversity – targeting ‘the others’ – anyone they believed threatened their ideal pure Aryan race .

Mission and scope

Settela•Com aims to facilitate the online documentation and research of the Westerbork images, and use of the film in other works, in the context of the camp and the war in the Netherlands, and the destruction of diversity.
Settela•Com contributions are published irregular, mainly in English and Dutch, at this website settela.com and also generally at other sites in the Miracles.Media portfolio.

Open Call for papers , contributions …

Settela•Com welcomes contributions (English, Dutch, French) by submission of posts, papers, suggestions, or proposals within the scope of the platform. For more information get in touch with the editor via the contact form below.


Settela•Com – ISSN 2949-9313 – is de korte titel voor Settela•Communications, een online ongoing integrating resource opgericht in 2017 door uitgever Michel van der Burg | Miracles.Media in Nederland. Settela•Com werd publiek gemaakt met de eerste publicatie op 19 mei 2019 — 75 jaar nadat de deportatie van het Sinti-meisje Settela Steinbach uit kamp Westerbork was gefilmd — met een online premiere van de nieuwe één minuut film ‘Settela‘.

Settela•Com is een imprint van Miracles.Media en heeft als doel het online documenteren en faciliteren van onderzoek van de Westerbork-beelden, het gebruik van de film in andere werken, de context van het kamp en de oorlog in Nederland, en de vernietiging van diversiteit. Settela•Com-bijdragen worden onregelmatig gepubliceerd, met een gemiddelde frequentie van ca 1x per maand, voornamelijk in het Engels en Nederlands, op de website settela.com .

Open Call : papers , bijdragen …

Settela•Com verwelkomt bijdragen (Engels, Nederlands, Frans) door het indienen van artikelen, suggesties of voorstellen binnen de scope van het platform. Neem voor meer informatie contact op met de redactie via onderstaand contactformulier.


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