Settela•Com is the short title for Settela•Communications a creation and online ongoing integrating resource established in 2017 by publisher Michel van der Burg | Miracles.Media from The Netherlands .

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.


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