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German Family Photos


We have photos from our mother Margot COHEN when she was a child in Germany. We've collected photos of her mother and father's families, from relatives and historians in Germany.

A special thanks to cousin Rudy Lowenstein, of blessed memory, who spent endless hours researching and preserving our German family history.

The photos on this page are divided (roughly) into three sections, sorted by background color of photo.

  1. Margot COHEN's childhood in Düsseldorf, Germany.
  2. Relatives of Arthur COHEN, Margot's father.
  3. Relatives of Margot's mother, Johanna ("Aenne") GOLSCHMIDT.
Family relationships can be viewed on the Family Tree.

Click on the photos below for larger images

Note: This is a new page for the Goldberg Cohen Family website and we will be adding more information about some of the photos.

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Margot and brother Walter.

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This photo was taken in the early 1930s at the coastal town of Norderney, Germany before the wedding of Eugene COHEN, Margot's uncle and Arthur COHEN's brother. From left to right, Walter, (Margot's brother), Margot,and cousins Ken and Rudy Lowenstein. Rudy remembered that their outfits were made of silk.

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Margot and brother Walter in 1928 walking in Düsseldorf with their nanny Veronica.

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Margot and brother Walter.

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From left to right Margot, brother Walter, cousins Rudy and Ken Lowenstein in the 1930s.

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From left to right cousin Ken Lowenstein, brother Walter, Margot, and cousin Rudy Lowenstein playing with hats in the 1930s.

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A family outing in the 1930s. Left to right: Johanna DAVIDS LOWENSTEIN and Hugo LOWENSTEIN, Arthur, Aenne, and Walter tugging on his mother's arm for what reason ?

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This photo was taken in the back area of the COHEN family business, I and I Cohen, with Isaac COHEN on the left and his youngest son Eugene, to his right. Eugene's son Gerald (Margot's first cousin), is in the small car. The real car belonged to the business and included a hired driver.

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Margot and brother Walter performing a dance at their grandparents' 50th wedding anniversary in January 1938 (see the Anniversary Page for more information on this event.

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From l to r: Walter, Arthur, Rudy, and Fritz MANNSBACH, stepson of Martha DAVIDS MANNSBACH in about 1936. The photo is taken in Huels, possibly in the back of Martha's house.

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Walter, Margot's brother had his bar mitzvah celebration in Düsseldorf in March, 1937. This is the celebration after the event featuring the immediate family (from left to right): mother Aenne, Margot, Walter, father Arthur, grandmother Eva KAMP COHEN, and maternal grandfather, Samuel GOLDSCHMIDT.

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Another photo from the celebration following brother Walter's bar mitzvah in the late 1930s. We will update the photo with markers identifying some of the guests.

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Margot with her family in the back patio area of their home in Düsseldorf. This photo was taken in the late 1930s before Margot left on the Kindertransport for England. From left to right, grandfather Isaac COHEN, Margot, father Arthur, and mother Aenne.

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Margot's father Arthur Cohen in the 1930s. Margot gave him her favorite hankerchief in his front pocket, which was white with orange polka dots.

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Arthur COHEN's brothers and parents, with the brothers in WWI uniform, taken in 1915. Standing, from left to right, Eugene, Adolf, and Arthur; seated are parents Isaac COHEN and Eva KAMP COHEN.

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Arthur's brother, Adolf COHEN, in military uniform in WWI. Adolf was killed a few days before the war ended and is buried in France. He was born in 1891 and died in 1918.

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Eva KAMP COHEN and Isaac COHEN in the 1930s. Eva and Isaac are distant cousins -- Eva's maternal grandmother is Isaac's paternal aunt.

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Arthur's mother, Eva KAMP COHEN, possibly taken in the 1880s.

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Eva and only sister, Julie KAMP, with their cousin Hermine LOWENSTEIN WEBER (with each person identified on photo). Hermine's grandfather, Andreas COHEN, has a grave photo on this page. We do not have dates of Hermine's birth and death. She was married to Carl WEBER.

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Sisters Julie and Eva KAMP around the early 1930s.

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Julie KAMP, possibly taken in the early 1930s. She was born in 1861, died in 1936, and is buried in Krefeld, Germany.

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The seven brothers and sisters of Alexander KAMP and sisters Johanna and Hanna HAUSMANN taken in Huels at Julie KAMP DAVIDS house in the 1930s. Alexander KAMP, the children's father, married Johanna KAMP first and had four children; after she died he married her sister Hanna and had three more children. We refer to the children as the "Kamp kids". Top row, from left to right, standing, Hanna's children: Sigmund, Albert, Leo; seated from l to r, Johanna's children: Adolph, Julie, Michael, Eva.

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A photograph of Alexander KAMP and Johanna HAUSMANN KAMP, father and aunt/mother of the KAMP kids. If you own the original photo, please contact us.

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Tombstone of Alexander KAMP, father of the KAMP kids. Alexander was born in 1829 in Korschenbroich, Germany and died in 1901 in Krefeld, Germany. This is a copy of an old photo and we believe his tombstone was destroyed.

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Copy of old photo of the grave of Johanna HAUSMANN KAMP, mother of four of the KAMP kids, taken in Krefeld; we think the grave was destroyed after this photo. The handwriting is Rudy Lowenstein's. Johanna was born in 1826 in Elsdorf and died in Krefeld in 1868.

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Grave of Hanna HAUSMANN KAMP, mother of three KAMP kids, taken in Krefeld; we believe the grave was destroyed. Hanna was born in Elsdorf and died in Krefeld in 1899. In the copy of the photo, Rudy Lowenstein mentions four children of Hanna. We have only three and do not know if Isaac KAMP is a mistake? We have no photo or information on someone with this name.

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Sibilla DANIEL KAMP is the mother of Alexander KAMP. She was born in 1798 in Drove, Germany and died in 1871 in Korschenbroich. She had three children. We have a few other documents pertaining to her if you are related.

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The grave of Abraham COHEN, Isaac COHEN's father, taken at the Jewish cemetery in Bergheim. Abraham was born in 1806 in Kenten, which is next to Bergheim, and died there in 1875. He was married to Caroline HARFF and they had five sons. Abraham had two brothers and one sister.

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Grave of Karoline HARFF, mother of Isaac COHEN and wife of Abraham COHEN. She was born in Duelken in 1826 and died in Kenten in 1900. We have the genealogy of the HARFF family from Duelken for about 200 years. If this surname is in your family, check our family tree or contact us.

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The brother of Abraham COHEN, Andreas COHEN, who was born in 1809 and died in 1898 in Kenten, buried in Bergheim. He and his wife Regina STERN had three children. The grandaughter of Andreas and Regina, Hermine LOWENSTEIN, was a friend of the famiy and pictured in another photograph.

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A portrait of Margot's mother, Aenne GOLDSCHMIDT COHEN, in the 1930s. Aenne (short for Johanna) was born in Krefeld in 1898 and died in the Holocaust in 1942. Her parents were Samuel GOLDSCHMIDT and Tilla REIS(S). She had two sisters, Ilse and Marta.

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Aenne GOLDSCHMIDT's sister, Marta GOLSCHMIDT BERLINER with her husband's family. The people in the photo are identified with Marta's name written above her face. The photo includes Marta's husband, Ernst BERLINER, and their son Kurt BERLINER. Ernst's brothers, Ludwig and Adolph, are indentified on on the photo, along with their children's names. Ernst's mother Clementine is identified, too. Marta, Ernst, and Kurt were deported in 1942 to Izbica, Poland and did not survive. Most (or all?) of the families of the other brothers did survive.

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The grave of Aenne's mother, Tilla (short for Mathilde) REISS GOLDSCHMIDT, born in Echzell in 1873 and died in Krefeld in 1930. The name of Tilla's husband Samuel GOLDSCHMIDT is on the tombstone but he perished in the Holocaust, so this is only a memorial for him. We have photos and information on Samuel, but do not have much information on Tilla and her family. She had one sister, Paula REISS LINDTHEIMER who died in the Holocaust with husband Joseph LINDTHEIMER, leaving no children.

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The grave of Tilla's mother, Rosette SPEIER REIS. Rosette was born in Heldenbergen in 1844, an only child. She died in Krefeld in 1905. We have the genealogy of her SPEIER family and other families from Heldenbergen.Thank you to the Steinheim-institut for the photo of this grave.

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The grave of Tilla's father, Emanuel REIS. He was born in Echzell in 1839 and died in Krefeld in 1906. We have some of the genealogy of his REIS (S) family along with other families from Echzell. Thank you to the Steinheim-institut for the photo of this grave.

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Aenne GOLDSCHMIDT's dad is Samuel GOLDSCHMIDT. Samuel's parents are Veilchen and Schalum. This photo is of the grave of Samuel's mother, Veilchen (Veile)HEILBRUNN. She was born on April 16, 1835 and died on April 14, 1903 in Harmuthsachsen. Her husband Schalum GOLDSCHMIDT was born on December 19, 1827 and died on October 3, 1907 Harmuthsachsen. We do not have a photo of Schalum's grave, but we have his father's grave. We have a photo of Veilchen's mother's grave on this page. Photo and information are from Hessian Regional History Information System (LAGIS)

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Aenne's father, Samuel GOLDSCHMIDT, shares the name of his paternal grandfather, another Samuel GOLDSCHMIDT, whose grave is in the photo. He was born October 17, 1795 and died April 21 1865 in Harmuthsachsen. The stone on the grave was broken, but reassembled. Thank you for the work of Mr. Rolf Hocke, Waldkappel and Hessian Regional History Information System (LAGIS)

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Grave of Moses GOLDSCHMIDT, the father of the Samuel GOLDSCHMIDT from the previous photo. The tombstone says that Moses, son of Samuel died on Friday, the day of preparation for the new moon of Elul in the year 5589. He died on August 28, 1829 (born December 24, 1751). Moses was a cattle dealer. His wife Serchen or Sarah Levi, daughter of Schalum died on Monday, the new moon of Shevat, in the year 5589. She died on January 4, 1829 (and was born March 15, 1767). Photo and information are from Hessian Regional History Information System (LAGIS)

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This is the grave of Veilchen HEILBRUNN's mother, Gidel HAMMERSCHLAG, from Harmuthsachsen, born in August, 1795 and died on February 13, 1844 (inscription is a few days different). She is the daughter of , Samuel "Bonfit" HAMMERSCHLAG, a butcher, who was born in 1748 and died January 25, 1826. Giedel was the wife of fur trader Marcus (Mordechai) Heilbrunn, who was born about 1785 and died February 21, 1867.