Happy Birthday Gretha Reintje Cohen. It should have been your 84th birthday today.
An evil regime did not even allow you to reach your 6th birthday. You were murdered 10 days before your 6th birthday in Sobibor, on July 9th 1943.
No matter how sad your death is, it is even sadder to see that your whole family was murdered on the same day.
Your parents,Rebecca Cohen-Maritz and Mozes Cohen married in 1934 in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
You were there first child. Such an experience for any parent. The uncertainty of what lies ahead. The costs that come with raising a child, The fears of the future and so many more things that goes through a parents mind. But there is also the joy and that sense of magic of new life.
You were born in Rotterdam on July 19,1937.
On April 13,1941 your baby brother, Salli Cohen, was born. A year or so later you and your family moved to Amsterdam.
On July 9,1943 your whole family was murdered in Sobibor. Not because you were dangerous people ,but because a political idea and regime created by the Nazis, deemed all of you not worth of life.
All that is left of your family is an unclaimed life insurance policy.
Dear Gretha, up there among the stars. I wish you a Happy Birthday.