Josef Strauss

17 Years

Josef Strauss was born on 6 October 1924 in Darmstadt. His parents were able to carry out the plan to emigrate to what was then Rhodesia. After his father’s death in Rhodesia, his mother emigrated to the USA with his older brother Stephan. Josef was supposed to go to the U.S.A. on a children’s transport.

But this did not happen. It became the Netherlands. After staying in various children’s homes he arrived at the Werkdorp in February 1940. There he was trained and worked as a furniture maker. After the Werkdorp was evacuated on 20 March 1941, he was initially received by the Schirling family in Amsterdam. In mid-1942 he was given a place in the youth home for the Jewish Council. Two months later he was put on the first transport to Auschwitz, where he was killed one month later on 16 August 1942.



Son of

  • Helene Strauss-Rothschild * 06-08-1891 in Alsfeld † 28-12-1966 in Philadelphia (U.S.A.) and
  • Henry Strauss* 20-12-1875 in Darmstadt † 09-10-1944 in Rhodesië.

Last address


Last known residences in The Netherlands

  • 07-Dec-1938
    Quarantaine Amsterdam, Zeeburgerdijk 321, Amsterdam
  • 25-Dec-1938
    Koloniehuis Sonsbeek, Schelmseweg 5, Arnhem
  • 29-12-1939
    Huize Kraaybeek, Hoofdstraat 63, Driebergen
  • 27-02-1940
    Werkdorp Wieringen, Nieuwesluizerweg 42, Slootdorp (Wieringen)
  • 20-03-1941
    After the eviction of the Werkdorp deported to Amsterdam
  • 27-03-1941
    Amsterdam, Dongestraat 15-II (fam. Schirling)
  • 22-05-1942
    Amsterdam, Plantage Franschelaan 13
  • 14-07-1942
    Deportation to Camp Westerbork
  • 15-07-1942
    On the first deportation to Auschwitz