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The Tannenbergs: Trapped in Holland

Hoping for the Nazi regime in Germany to be overthrown soon, many people fled to the western neighboring countries not to lose their family and business contacts. In May 1940, when the German armed forces overran the Benelux and France emigrants from Germany again found themselves in the realm of their pursuers. Among them were the Tannenbergs from Nuremberg.

Arthur and Regina Tannenberg in Amsterdam. Hans Jack, Regina's and Arthur's little son
Arthur and Regina Tannenberg in Amsterdam.
On the far left a relative of them.
Hans Jack, Regina's and Arthur's little son

The clerk Arthur Tannenberg from Schenklengsfeld in Hesse and Regina Rindsberg, born June 26, 1906 in Nuremberg, had married in Nuremberg on June 6, 1933 and then moved to an apartment at Rothenburger Strasse. The young couple emigrated to Holland in October 1933. In June 1934 their son Hans Jack was born in Amsterdam.

Holland was invaded by German troops May 10, 1940 and had to surrender five days later. About 160,800 Jews lived in Holland at that time, among them many German emigrants. They fell into the hands of Gestapo and SS. In July 1942 the mass deportations of Jews started at the concentration camp Westerbork heading for the extermination camps. About 106,000 people were deported from Holland until September 1944.

The Tannenberg family was murdered in camp Sobibor in Poland July 9, 1943.

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