History of Sorts

This house was an orphanage for Jewish girls from 1861 to 1943.
In 1889 the orphanage was extended to include the neighbouring house.
On February 10, 1943 the girls and their attendants were
deported to the extermination camp Sobibor.

They were supposed to have been deported before, but due to a scarlet fever outbreak on July 4, 1942 that was postponed

Thanks to the outbreak, the deportation of the children could be temporarily prevented. In each case, the medical service issued a statement showing that the orphanage was infected and that the occupier stayed outside. No new cases of scarlet fever occurred in October 1942, and on November 1, 1942, the protection afforded by the declarations was over.

A raid took place on February 10, 1943. A number of children were able to flee or were released thanks to the Jewish Council, as a result of the 103 girls in…

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