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.

Mijnsheerenland, Hof van Moerkerken

by Miriam Keesing

“Hof van Moerkerken”

Address: Wilhelminastraat, Mijnsheerenland


View Larger Map51°47’46.61” 4°29’37.38”

The home was offered to house refugee children in November 1938. The “neutral committee Rotterdam” wrote to the minister of Justice that Mr. H.C. Hintzen, who owned the house but only used it in the summer, had offered this home, that could house 30 children, and that it would be very suitable for quarantine. (NA 2.09.45, inv 69)

The house itself was built in 1445 and renovated in 1796.

Not until August of 1939 did the first refugee children arrive here. They were all young children: when a child turned 15 he or she had to move to Loosdrecht. In October 1940 the facility was closed for refugees.

Literature: Frans van der Straaten, Om nooit te vergeten