The dining room of the Jewish orphanage in Dinslaken, Germany, suddenly went dark.
She was well cared for by the parents, whom she called and treated as a little sister by their four teenage children. They were also secular, celebrating Easter and Christmas.
After Hitler became chancellor in 1933, David was deported to his native Poland.
His plan was to secure exit visas to New York for Idele and himself, where three siblings had immigrated before World War I. I knew we were going to the United States,” Idele recalled. But later, as her schoolmates joined the Hitler Youth, they began to throw rocks and call her “dirty Jew.” The first time that happened, Idele ran home to the Jacobsohns, crying. I thought it was a disease.” The Jacobsohns believed they would be safe in Germany, as Mr. But in fall 1937, the Recklinghausen Jewish community decided that Idele, for her own protection, should be sent to Dr.
Leopold Rothschild’s to Middelkerke, a Belgian town on the North Sea.
She and her friend Katie Kohn, both 12 years old, grabbed hands and ran.