After the war
was thirteen years old when the war came to an end. We stood on the
streets to greet the Americans, they stopped their tanks and gave us
chewing-gum, canned conserves and dried egg. Now there was finally
enough to eat. Papa “Is and Annie wanted to help me and started writing
letters, to trace my living relatives. So it was that I found out that
my parents had last been seen alive in the Ghetto at Lodz (1).
brother Herbert perished in the Auschwitz concentration camp on the
10th of October 1944 after having first been at Westerbork and then
Theresienstadt for several months. They were able to trace an aunt
Lenchen** in Haiti who was prepared to take me into her care. I cannot
remember packing, I just could not understand why they no longer wanted
me. Then I went by ship to my aunt in Haiti. We later re-located to the
USA. There I would meet my husband Irwin. We had two children – and
later were blessed with seven grandchildren.
Grandfather of Margot
Grandmother of Margot
Fate of family members in
- Edith and Gottlieb Franck
were the children of Margot´s aunt Berta Franck, née Cohen, and her
husband Paul. The family lived in Düsseldorf. In the Beginning of 1939
the parents sent their children to the Netherlands to safety. On the
19th of January 1939 they came tho the house of Jacob de Wijze in
Nimegen, a cousin of Jacob Cohen. On the 23rd of January they were
taken to a Childrens home (Quarantine
Beneden Heijplaat, Quarantainestraat 1,
Rotterdam) in Rotterdam. On the 27th of Marh 1939 Edith was taken to a
Childrens home for girls at Rapenburgerstraat
171 in Amsterdam. Her brother Gottlieb went to the Childrens home for
boys at Amstelstraat 21 in Amsterdam. In 1943 they were deported via
Westerbork to the death camp Sobibor and were killed shortly after
their arrival on the 5th of March 1943.
Their parents were deportet to Minsk in 1941 and died.
- Erich Cohen
Erich Cohen was a cousin of Margot and Herbert. His father Abraham
Cohen was a brother of Jacob Cohen, father of Margot and Herbert.
Abraham Cohen and his wife Else lived in Kaldenkirchen close to the
dutch border. When Abraham Cohen returned from Dachau at the end of
1938, he decided to send his son to saftey in the Netherlands. He send
his son Erich to his uncle Jacob in Goch. On the 29th of December the
children arrived in the Childrens Refugee home Soesterberg. Like
Herbert and Margot he went to a Childrens home in Amsterdam
(Burgerweeshuis, St. Luciensteeg/Kalverstraat 92, Amsterdam). On the
20th of October 1939 Eric moved to Appeldoorn to live with
fosterparents. He stayed until March 1940, when he went back to the
Childrens home in Amsterdam. Shortly after the invasion of German
troops in the Netherlands, he was taken on one of the last
"Kindertransports" to Great Britain. He stayed for some time in another
childrens home, until his uncle Joseph came and took him to his family
home near London.
Eric's parents Abraham and Else Cohen were taken from Kaldenkirchen to
Ghetto Riga in December 1941. Eric´s mother Else died on the first of
October 1941 in Concentration Camp Stutthof. The time and place of
death of Abraham Cohen is unknown.
- Jacob de Wijze
de Wijze (21.4.1891 Beugen) was a cousin of Jacob Cohen. Jacobs Cohens
mother Henriette and Jacob de Wijzes mother Sibilla, née Devries ,were
sisters, who were born in Kaldenkirchen. Jacob de Wijze moved from
Boxmeer (NL) to Nimegen (Pontanusstraat 27). He was a cattle dealer and
was director of an Abatoir. During the war many refugee children lived
at his house. In 1942 he and his wife were taken to Camp Westerbork
(NL). From there they were deported to Auschwitz, were they were
murdered on arrival on the 19th of february 1942. His three
children survived the war.