Refugee Homes in NL

As far as I know this is the first comprehensive list of all the facilities where refugee children were housed. The list is complete to the best of my knowledge, even over-complete, as I have chosen to include some facilities that were not especially for refugee children. If you have more information about any of these places, please contact me, I would welcome any additions to this overview.

Amerongen, Huize Ons Bliscap (Our Joy)

by Miriam Keesing

 

Address: Bergweg 16, Amerongen


View Larger Map


(postcard, about 1960, photo by J.A. Vrijhof)

The house was owned by the “Centrale Commissie voor het vrijzinnig protestantisme”(Central Commission for Liberal Protestantism) in Utrecht: they wrote a letter to the Ministry of Interior Affairs on March 11, 1939, stating that the house would be available for refugee children until July 1, 1939 on the same conditions that were applied for the use of the Bondshuis in Soesterberg. The first refugee children had already arrived here on March 25, 1939. The last of the children left on July 1, 1939.(1)

Most of the children who stayed here came from the Noorderhuis in Ruinen. When they left they went to foster families, the facilities in Gouda or the Burgerweeshuis in Amsterdam.

Today the building is used as a holiday facility.

 

Links:

http://www.hetutrechtsarchief.nl/collectie/beeldmateriaal/fotografische_documenten/1950-1960/7063

http://www.hetutrechtsarchief.nl/collectie/beeldmateriaal/fotografische_documenten/1930-1940/7066


________________________________

(1) Letter from Secretary of Committee Vrijzinnig Protestantisme to Ministry of Interior Affairs, June 7, 1939, NL-HaNA, Zorg voor de vluchtelingen uit Duitsland, 1938-1942, 2.04.58, inv. nr. 69