Fritz Cohn

25 Years

Fritz Cohn was born on 23 February 1919 in Mühlheim a/d Ruhr. This town lies 20 kilometres east of Duisburg.

He is the youngest in a family of four children. His mother Henriette died at the age of 33 when Fritz was 4 years old. His older brothers Karlo Alfons (1912) and Max (1917) emigrated to Argentina in 1934 and 1935 respectively. His older sister Margarete (1915) followed in 1938. Immediately after Kristallnacht on 9 November 1938, Fritz’ father was arrested and imprisoned in Buchenwald camp for a month. On 21 December 1939 father Gustav – by then a widower for the second time – follows his children to Argentina.

Fritz had left for the Netherlands six months earlier (end of May 1939) and reported to the Werkdorp in early June 1939. In the Werkdorp he was trained as a bank worker. After the Werkdorp was evacuated, he found shelter on Uithoornstraat. After more than six months he moved to Jekerstraat as a neighbour of about ten other Werkdorp people at number 5. Fritz managed to stay under the radar for two years, but in December 1943 he was arrested and taken to Westerbork. After almost four months he is transported to Auschwitz. After five months of forced labour he was murdered on 31 July 1944.



Son of

  • Henriëtte Hanna Cohn-Apelt * 31-10-1889 in Mühlheim a/d Ruhr † 31-08-1923 in Mühlheim a/d Ruhr and
  • Gustav Cohn * 02-04-1878 in Mühlheim a/d Ruhr † 13-12-1944 in Buenos Aires 

Last address

Mühlheim, Georgstrasse 24

Last known residences in The Netherlands

  • 02-06-1939
    Werkdorp Wieringen, Nieuwesluizerweg 42, Slootdorp (Wieringen)
  • 20-03-1941
    After the eviction of the Werkdorp deported to Amsterdam
  • 27-03-1941
    Amsterdam, Uithoornstraat 36-hs (Schlomo de Wilde) 
  • 11-10-1941
    Amsterdam, Jekerstraat 7-I (fam. Spielman)
  • 10-12-1943
    Deportation to Camp Westerbork Barrack 67
  • 03-03-1944
    Deportation to Auschwitz