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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


Papa “Is” called the collecting – up of Jews by the Germans a “Razzia” But they did not want everyone. You would only know if they were searching for you when it was too late. A “razzia” started when the Germans had surrounded a specific building – by placing trucks at both ends of the street. The trucks carried many soldiers armed with machine-guns. Some soldiers would climb out of the trucks and set their machine-guns up on the roofs of the houses. That way they were sure that nobody could escape.  Other soldiers would go into the houses and drive us out into the street – before we could even put on our coats.

Sometimes we would have to stand for hours on the street, shivering. Non-Jews who could present their identity documents were allowed back into the buildings. We Jews had to remain standing until they had collected as many as they wanted, to be loaded onto cattle trucks and driven away. We always lived with the fear to be taken away like this too.

Verbotsschild " Voor Joden verboden"


On this photo a Razzia in Crakau can be seen.

Herzogenstraße 8


Jewish Inhabitants  on the 20th of June 1943 waiting for their deportation after a Razzia.

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 - Bundesarchiv Bild 101l-030-0780-09 CC-SA-BY - Kindscher- Razzia in Krakau
B2 - http://geheugenvanplanzuid.nl/archief/tijdtijn/razzia's.htm - Bron foto: Verzetsmuseum Amsterdam