The Meijer family had lived on their farm, in Musselkanaal, a village in the province of Groningen, in the northeast of the Netherlands near the German border. The area, part of the provinces, was fondly known as the Medina in Dutch-Yiddish. Simon and Ettie were the fourth-generation owners of their farm, where they and Simon’s brothers primarily raised, bred and sold cattle. As the area’s old-timers, they enjoyed good relations with their gentile neighbors.

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