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.

Beverwijk, Kibbutz “Dath-va-Aretz” (Faith and Country)

by Miriam Keesing

Address: Gildenlaan 1, Velsen


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In 1933 the religious-Zionist Mizrachi movement founded the hachsharah section Dat-va-Aretz (religion and country). Centers known as 'kibbutzim' opened in Beverwijk and Franeker. In 1940 the two centers comprised about 130 students. Soon after the Nazis occupied the Netherlands, they ordered the kibbutzim in Beverwijk and Franeker to be closed. A new kibbutz was founded in Laag-Keppel and remained in operation until May 1943. (Information from Jewish Monument)

This facility was not in use for refugees, but some of the older boys did live here for a while.