Tedje van der Sluis had lived by her husband’s side since she was a teenager. The couple, both Holocaust survivors from Amsterdam, had been inseparable since 1945, when they met at a Jewish orphanage. But Tedje, who suffered from dementia, was when alone when she died on April 11 of the coronavirus on the third floor of the Beth Shalom Jewish nursing home in Amsterdam, where 26 people have so far died of the disease. She was 93. Her family have only a vague idea of what she went through in her final hours. It was a lonely end to a love affair so legendary it was the subject of a 2018 Dutch television documentary. “Tedje & Meijer: The Promise of Love,” shows Meijer lovingly caring for Tedje as her dementia worsens. The couple used childlike terms of endearment for one another until Meijer’s death in January, and they and they were often kissing, hugging and rubbing noses.
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