Hans Wolfgang Orbach

17 Years

Hans Wolfgang Orbach was born on 17 December 1924 in Dresden. His father died in 1938. His mother planded to go to England. It never came to that. On 21 January 1942 she was transported from Dresden to the Riga-Kaiserwald camp and was murdered immediately upon arrival.  

Hans wanted to become a car mechanic; he became an electrician. He came to the Netherlands on a children’s transport. He had just turned 14 at the time. After a number of children’s homes, he arrives in camp Westerbork in July 1940. This was still a refugee camp and not yet a ‘Durchgangslager’. Two months later, at the age of 15, he was sent to the Werkdorp. There he worked as a farmer. After the evacuation of the Werkdorp, he came to live at Jekerstraat 21, as a neighbour of  the twelve Werkdorp people living at number 5. He was on the list of the first transport to Auschwitz. Hans Wolfgang was rounded up and a month after his arrival in Auschwitz on 19 August 1942 he was murdered.     



Son of

  • Margaretha Orbach-Posner * 05-03-1888 in Dresden † 21-01-1942 in Riga-Kaiserswald and
  • Martin Orbach * 1893 Dresden † 1938

Last address

Dresden, Reitbahnstrasse 29

Last known residences in The Netherlands

  • 05-01-1939
    Dommelhuis, Jonckbloetlaan 13, Eindhoven
  • 15-03-1940
    Huize Kraaybeek, Hoofdstraat 63, Driebergen
  • 21-05-1940
    Oostelijke Handelskade, Oostelijke Handelskade 12, Amsterdam
  • 04-06-1940
    Instituut Valkenburgerstraat, Valkenburgerstraat 186, Amsterdam
  • 05-07-1940
    Kamp Westerbork
  • 13-09-1940
    Werkdorp Wieringen, Nieuwesluizerweg 42, Slootdorp (Wieringen)
  • 20-03-1941
    After the eviction of the Werkdorp deported to Amsterdam
  • 27-03-1941
    Amsterdam, Jekerstraat 21-III
  • 14-07-1942
    Deportation to Westerbork
  • 15-07-1942
    On the first deportation to Auschwitz