For anyone who is not from Geleen or the province of Limburg ,in the south East of the Netherlands, the name Geleen will mean very little. Yo may have visited the town perhaps while it was still hosting the annual Rock festival of PinkPop. Maybe you even visited the former mining town during one of the street theater festivals. But to me it is the place where I was born, it is where my roots are.
Josephine Cohen was also born in Geleen, albeit 38 years before my birth.
Her father was Simon, a shop owner. The shop was situated on Mauritslaan 110, in Geleen. An address I would have passed by many times a week because it was near my school.
There were six in the Cohen family. The Father Simon, the Mother Esthella Carolina Cohen-ten Brink. Daughters Josephine, age 12, Henny age 16.Frieda age 17 and 1 son…
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