Clothing factory Gazan, 1939
Photo: photographer HAW Douwes HGA001-080355


In 1880 begon de Jewish businessman Joseph Gazan (Amsterdam, November 27th 1851 – Amsterdam, November 3rd1925) started a clothing shop called ‘Gazan’ on the Zeedijk 46 in Amsterdam. In 1934 it was decided to move to Den Haag. Directors at that time were Hijman and Louis de Wind and Isaac van Weezel. Of the Gazan family only Selina de Wind-Gazan and Louis de Wind survived the war.

Salomon Gazan, son of the founder of the Gazan company, was murdered in 1943 in Sobibor. Daughters Anna and Betsy were killed in 1944 in Auschwitz. Also grandchildren as well as great grandchildren of Joseph and Eva Gazan-Arends were murdered in Auschwitz or Sobibor. Hijman and Selina de Wind-Gazan survived the war in the U.S.

After the Liberation Louis de Wind, grandson of Joseph Gazan, returned to the factory. In November 1955 Louis celebrated his 25 year jubillee as director. In 1976 the Zeeman corporation bought Gazan.