Ines Jacobsohn. Collection

Language of Description
1 Jan 1942 - 31 Dec 1942
Level of Description
  • French
EHRI Partner

Extent and Medium

37 digitised images (1 photo and 12 documents)


Biographical History

Ines Jacobsohn was born on 2 June 1903 in Vienna, Austria, as the daughter of Maurice Jacobsohn and Eva Adler. Before the war, the family lived in Antwerp. Upon the invasion of Belgium by Nazi-Germany on 10 May 1940, Ines, her brother Joseph and their widowed mother Eva fled to France where they settled in the village of Villepinte in the Aude prefecture. In the summer of 1942, the authorities came to arrest Joseph. When they were unable to find him, they took Ines instead. She was detained at the Rivesaltes camp in southern France from where she wrote several letters to her mother and brother Joseph in Villepinte as well as to her sister ‘Pauleke’ Jacobsohn who was living with her husband Edgard Braunschweig in Lausanne, Switzerland. In her letters Ines recounts life in the camp as well as her hopes and fears for the future. Ines was transferred from Rivesaltes to Drancy near Paris early in September 1942 and did not survive deportation from Drancy to Auschwitz-Birkenau via Transport 31 on 11 September 1942, although she was able to throw a postcard addressed to her family from the train. Ines’s mother Eva, her brother Joseph and her sister ‘Pauleke’ survived the war and returned to Belgium after the liberation.

Archival History

The nephews of Ines Jacobsohn kindly permitted the digitisation of the items in their family archive in preparation of the publication of "Drancy-Auschwitz", the commemoration book for Jews from Belgium deported from France, published by Kazerne Dossin in 2015.


David and Joel Jacobson, nephews of Ines Jacobsohn, 2015

Scope and Content

This collection consists of: one photo of Ines Jacobsohn, deported from Drancy to Auschwitz-Birkenau via Transport 31 on 11 September 1942 ; letters and postcards written by Ines Jacobsohn during her internment at Rivesaltes to her mother and siblings in France and Switzerland ; postcard thrown out of the deportation train by Ines Jacobsohn ; a letter from the Aude prefecture confirming the deportation of Ines Jacobsohn.


No further accruals are to be expected

Conditions Governing Access

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Conditions Governing Reproduction

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Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Digitally stored at Kazerne Dossin

Existence and Location of Originals

  • Jacobson family, private collection, Belgium

Existence and Location of Copies

  • Digital copy available as collection KD_00132 at Kazerne Dossin

Related Units of Description

  • The picture of Ines Jacobsohn, which is part of this collection, was also added to the Give them a Face (France) portrait collection (KD_00350).



This description is derived directly from structured data provided to EHRI by a partner institution. This collection holding institution considers this description as an accurate reflection of the archival holdings to which it refers at the moment of data transfer.