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.

Monster, ter Heide aan Zee, Israƫlitische Gezondheidskolonie

by Miriam Keesing


Address: Barendzstraat 24, Ter Heijde (Monster)

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Opened in 1905, owned by the Jewish Community of Rotterdam. Between 1914 and 1917 in use as a school, because soldiers were housed in the real school. Normally it was in use as a holiday home for children of the Rotterdam orphanage.

On November 20, 1938 the first group of 18 German refugee children arrived here. It was in use for refugee children until October of 1939.

In 1943 it was demolished by the Nazis, along with the rest of the village, to build the Atlantikwall.  (47), (48)

The director was sister Hirnheimer


47.  Bert Moor, Westlandse Courant, 13 december 1993