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Margot Cohen
My life in Goch
Burning of the synagogue
Flight to the Netherlands
Refugee Orphange
My Foster parents
The invasion
The rescue
After the war
My request

Margot Cohen

Refugee Orphange Soesterberg

I was still sleeping when we arrived at Soesterberg. The Refugees Children’s Home was in a large barn-like building. Upstairs were beds with large drawers underneath. Herbert and I put all our belongings in a drawer and looked for beds next to each other. That first day dragged on. We could not do much apart from play with the others and eat. We were not allowed to leave the building without permission. Even then only a maximum of seven children were allowed into the fresh air. When I lay in bed I missed mummy and daddy so much that I could not sleep, I cried every night. One night I heard Herbert crying – but only once – he was so brave. We spent seven long months at Soesterberg.

Flüchtlingskinderheim Soesterberg

Orphanage Soesterberg for jewish children from Germany 1939

v.l.t.r. red dots
half hidden Herbert Cohen, beside him his Cousin Erich Cohen
lower row 2 v.r. Margot Cohen

The Refugee Childrens Orphanage Soesterberg was close to Utrecht (NL).

Flüchtlingskinderheim Soesterberg - JHM-00004527_b5

Orphanage Soesterberg for jewish children from Germany 1939

lower row on the left kneeling: Margot Cohen
on the outside left:Herbert Cohen and Erich Cohen

Herzogenstraße 8

Margot Cohen mit einem Freund in Soesterberg

Margot Cohen with a friend in

Margot Cohen mit enem Freund im Flüchtlingskinderheim Soesterberg

Margot Cohen with a friend
in Soesterberg

Created by:
R. Warrener
Text from:
Tamara Eichhofer und Alessandra Crotty - nach Judy Hoffman, Joseph and me, In the Days of the Holochaust, KTAV Publishing Company Inc., 1979, ISBN 0-87068-655-0
Graham Warrener
B1 - JHM Amsterdam - 00004547_a
B2 - JHM Amsterdam - 00004547_b
B3 - JHM Amsterdam - 00004547_q
B4 - JHM Amsterdam - 00004547_p