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.

Losser, K.L. Smit-oord, aka de Zandbergen

by Miriam Keesing

Address: Grensweg, Losser


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The house was owned by the society “Steun in de strijd” (Support in the Fight) in Enschede.

The first girls arrived here on January 6, 1939. According to an article in the “Algemeen Handelsblad” the coaches could not reach the house because of flooding of the river Dinkel.

On August 25, 1939 all the girls were taken to other facilities in Driebergen and Rotterdam because it was so close to the German border. The house could accommodate 60 girls, and usually there were around 60 girls. Most of the girls staying here were quite young.

The building has been demolished.

 

Five refugee girls in Losser, courtesy of “Judith”

 

Article in the Algemeen Handelsblad on January 6, 1939 about the arrival of a group of refugee children in Losser

Judith has good memories of her time in Losser:

I had a very good time in Losser. I think there were only girls. I had a friend there as well. The staff were very friendly: Mrs. Levi was the director. There were parties organised at a big house in Enschede, at the house of the Menko-Warendorf family.

We did have some lessons there, but of course I did not speak one word of Dutch. We got Dutch lessons from two very nice girls. I have tried very hard to find them, after the war, but have not succeeded. I think they came from Enschede. (46)

 

 

 

 

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46.  Interview “Judith” 19 January 2009