About Isaac Cohen
Bron Burgerlijke stand - Huwelijk Archieflocatie Noord-Hollands Archief Algemeen Toegangnr: 358 Inventarisnr: 358.131 Gemeente: Watergraafsmeer Soort akte: Huwelijksakte Aktenummer: 42 Datum: 03-07-1919 Bruidegom Isaäc Cohen Leeftijd: 26 Geboorteplaats: Amsterdam Bruid Vrouwtje Zwart Leeftijd: 27 Geboorteplaats: Amsterdam Vader bruidegom Benedictus Cohen Moeder bruidegom Jaantje Du Pont Vader bruid Salomon Zwart Moeder bruid Judith de Kromme Nadere informatie beroep Bg.: winkelbediende; beroep vader Bg.: koopman; beroep vader Bd.: diamantkoopman
By his daughter, Jane Fresco-Cohen:
Isaac Cohen, was born on 3 June 1893 in the city of Amsterdam, the son of Benedict Cohen and Jaantje Dupont. On 3 July 1919 he married Vrouwtje Zwart.
They had two children:
1. Bernard (13.2.1923) was murdered in Auschwitz beginning April 1944
2. Jane Sophie (1924), who married Henry Fresco in 1946 and moved in 1968 to Israel, along with their two children, Hannah Sarah and Bernard.
In 17/07/1942 Isaac, Vrouwtje and Jane found a hiding place in the apartment of Joop & Wil Westerweel in Rotterdam. Brother Bernard was hiding earlier so he could escape from the Hardenberg work camp. He was arrested on 15.3.1944 while he was distributing food stamps for other hiding people. He was sent to Auschwitz along with the transport of Gypsies, and was killed by gas, on 4/10/1944.
After Bernard was arrested father decided to travel to Amsterdam three weeks later to deliver some clothes to the members of the Judes Rath (Joodse Raad) for them to forward to Westerbork Transition camp, where my brother was located. On this trip my father was arrested. That same day my brother was sent on to Auschwitz.
He was sent first to prison in the city of Scheveningen and later to Westerbork where he developed pneumonia. A friend, by profession a nurse, helped him as much as possible in the camp.
According his diary, on 01/09/1944 he was sent on the last transport, sent to Teriesienstadt concentration camp.
His diary was returned to my mother after the war by a camp survivor.
The original diary in Dutch has been donated to Yad Vashem.
The hebrew version: https://sites.google.com/site/icohenww2/
Isaac Cohen's Timeline
June 3, 1893
Amsterdam, Government of Amsterdam, North Holland, The Netherlands
July 3, 1919
February 13, 1923
Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands
October 1, 1944
Murdered in 1944 in Nazi Concentration camp.