Günther Hertz

22 Years

Günther Hertz was born on 4 December 1919 in Borghorst. He had an older sister Herta (1910). She was deported to the ghetto Riga together with her son Richard (1932) and their mother. Herta, like her son Richard, was killed on 13 December 1941, her mother on 24-01-1942.

His older brother Rudolf (1913) fled via the Netherlands to the USA in January 1938 and survived the war. His father had a textile business and was arrested together with his uncle in the spring of 1941 and taken to camp Sachenhausen. He died there a year later, due to heart failure. 

Early 1939 Günther fled to the Netherlands. Via the Kibbutz De Kleine Haar in Gorssel and the Dommelhuis in Eindhoven he ended up in the Werkdorp. Just like in the Kibbutz he worked there as a gardener. After the Werkdorp was evacuated on 20 March 1941, he was taken in by the Jacobs foster family in Oosterpark, Amsterdam.  

He was on the list for the first transport and tried to flee via Belgium to France. By the end of 1939, he had already experienced life in Westerbork.  During the flight he was arrested and imprisoned in Camp Drancy. From there he was transported to Auschwitz, where he was murdered more than two weeks after his arrival on 11 November 1942.



Son of

  • Jenny Hertz-Jonas * 21-04-1887 in Borken † 27-01-1942, Riga and
  • Moritz Hertz *01-03-1879 in  Borghorst † 05-03-1942 in Camp Sachsenhausen

Last address

Borghorst, Münsterstrasse 43

Last known residences in The Netherlands

  • 09-01-1939
    Gorssel, De Kleine Haar
  • 20-07-1939
    Eindhoven, Jonckbloetlaan 13 
  • 13-10-1939
    Kamp Westerbork
  • 10-02-1940
    Werkdorp Wieringen, Nieuwesluizerweg 42, Slootdorp (Wieringen)
  • 20-03-1941
    After the eviction of the Werkdorp deported to Amsterdam
  • 27-03-1941
    Amsterdam, Oosterpark 74-bhs
  • After July 1942
    Kamp Drancy (F)
  • 11-11-1942
    Deportation to Auschwitz