Project 'Long shadow of Sobibor' Interview 10 Rob (Robert) Cohen Project 'Late gevolgen van Sobibor'

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1 Jan 1939 - 31 Dec 2009, 18 Nov 2009, 1 Aug 2012, 17 Oct 2012
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  • Dutch
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Rob Cohen grew up in Amsterdam as the son of small business people. He recalls a care-free childhood with lots of playing in the street. During the German occupation Rob managed to escape razzias twice. The first time was when in 1942 a construction site was rounded up and he hid under some dusters. Three months later his doorbell rang in the middle of the night and he escaped via the roof. The corner shop of his parents had both Jewish and non-Jewish customers, and thanks to this broad clientele it was not hard to find a hiding address. Nevertheless, at the instance of his parents Rob reported at the "Hollandse Schouwburg" voluntarily and was transported to Vught. Hard labour and severe punishments were normal here. Westerbork and Auschwitz came next. Rob saw many horrors from close by: he acknowledged already soon that he should not enter into emotional bonds with his fellow inmates. The more isolated, the less vulnerable, and the more chance of surviving the horrors, he reasoned. In Januari 1945 Cohen was forced to participate in a death march, leading to, among other places, Gleiwitz and Dora. He had to walk by himself or was driven around in goods carriages. He was liberated by Americans in May 1945. Four years later he married Bep. They have a daughter and two grandchildren. Rob's parents and his brother were killed in Sobibor.

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