Adolf Simson

18 Years

Adolf Samson was born on 28 March 1924 in Bergsdorf, 60 km north of Berlin. He fled to the Netherlands a month after Kristallnacht. In the Werkdorp where he arrived in February 1940, he was educated and worked as a farmer. He was not a Zionist.

His parents were transported to Theresienstadt on 14 September 1943. His father, who suffered from diabetes and was partially paralysed, survived. His mother also survived. After the war they emigrated to the United States. His younger brother Heinz (1927) was transported to Theresienstadt on 18 January 1944 and via Auschwitz to Dachau, where he was killed on 9 February 1945.

After the eviction of the Werkdorp, Adolf, like many other workers, first went to live on Jekerstraat and moved to the youth hostel of the Jewish Council as soon as it opened. He went on the first transport to Auschwitz and was killed over a month later on 23 August 1942.



Son of

  • Anna Simson-De Haas * 02-09-1895 in Altona (Hamburg) † 01-01-1978 in New York (U.S.A.) and
  • Max Michael Simson * 14-02-1888 in Kiel † 06-11-1957 in New York (U.S.A)

Last address

Hamburg Rappstrasse 24

Last known residences in The Netherlands

  • 25-12-1938
    Hotel HAL, Wilhelminakade 74, Rotterdam
  • 28-10-1939
    Huis ten Vijver, Dwarsweg 3, Scheveningen
  • 22-02-1940
    Werkdorp Wieringen, Nieuwesluizerweg 42, Slootdorp (Wieringen)
  • 20-03-1941
    After the eviction of the Werkdorp deported to Amsterdam
  • 27-03-1941
    Amsterdam, Vechtstraat 5-III
  • 20-09-1941
    Amsterdam, Jekerstraat 5-hs
  • 10-11-1941
    Amsterdam, Plantage Franschelaan 13
  • 14-07-1942
    Deportation to Camp Westerbork
  • 15-07-1942
    On the first deportation to Auschwitz