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Marga COHN-L(O)EWINSKI(Y) - Who was I ??



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Marga COHN was born on 7 March 1936 at the Universitaets Frauenklinik in Berlin.

  Marga's birth registration is in her mother's maiden name ( Betty COHN ) even though we know that Betty had
married Bernhard GOLDBERG on 22 May 1914.

At the time of Marga's birth Betty was in her 45th year. Marga was given her mother's maiden name even though
Betty had been married to Bernhard GOLDBERG in 1914. This suggests that either the father of Marga was
a non-Jew or else that Betty merely claimed this in an attempt to save the child's life in the Nazi era.



Betty died of starvation (Kachexie) in Berlin on 23 May 1941. the death notified by her sister Selma SCHLAMM who herself was murdered
in Auschwitz on 29 Oct 1943.




At some point Marga was adopted by Adam (Adolf) and Clara (nee MEWES) LOEWINSKI who are buried in the Berlin Weissensee cemetery.

We have now learned that Clara and Adam LOEWINSKI adopted two other girls and that this family went to Israel in
March, 1949.
                    1. Hannah born 12 May 1939
                    2. Ilana      born about 1933

   marga_13_wa0005.jpg  marga_20.jpg marga_30.jpg  

Marga aged 13 in 1950
Marga aged 20, 1956
Marga aged 30 in 1966
    NOTE: THE SIGNATURE has the letter O before the E

This is a 1956 passport image. The Passport named Marga LEWINSY without that letter O


The three adopted LEWINSKY girls Marga (left) Hannah and Ilana

Marga survived the war at the Jewish hospital in Berlin and emigrated to Israel in 1949, aged 13.

Marga died in 2000. She never spoke of her past to anyone we know.
Search and Unite has now been asked by Marga's son to try and piece together facts of this family and
to assemble a family tree. One main aim is to establish whether Betty and Bernhard GOLDBERG had
any children between 1914 and 1931



The unfolding history:

We have so far totally failed to estrablish whether Betty and Bernhard Goldberg had any children

We did discover that the natural father of Marga was KNOWN to the authorities. He was a Friedrich SCHILLER.
Although we know Friedrich's 1941 adderess and the fact that he was taken into the Tank Corps, we have failed
to identify him.

A picture - but not yet clarity is slowly emerging from archival research in Berlin:

Comment / source

22 May 1914  

Betty COHN (born 31 Aug 1891 Stettin) marries Bernhard GOLDBERG (born 2 March 1887)
possible children are still to be found

The Standesamt maintains the records are at the Landesarchiv
The Landesarchiv denies having these records

30 Dec 1931  

Bernhard Goldberg dies, Betty GOLDBERG is widowed.


7 Jun 1935  

 Friedrich Schiller & Betty GOLDBERG Generate a Child


15 Sep 1935 

Nuremberg Racial laws enter into force
                       Mixed marriages are compulsory divorced by the Gestapo


7 Mar 1936  

Marga COHN born at the Berlin University Women's Hospital (Standesamt Mitte GrossBerlin 791/1936)

Betty GOLDBERG is in her 45th year
Child registered in mother's maiden name
although the father is known to the authorities

31 Dec 1937

Marga COHN Address: Friedrichshain (no street)

(Bundesarchiv gepflegten Datenbank „Liste der jüdischen Einwohner im 
Deutschen Reich 1933 ­ 1945 in den Grenzen vom 31.12.1937“)

17 May 1939

Marga COHN 
Registered at Weberstraße 40 a
c/o Caspary


18 Jan 1940 

Friedrich SCHILLER enrolled in Wuensdorf (Panzer-Abtlg.) by military.


23 May 1941

Betty dies in the Raupachstrasse 6
(starved to death = Cachexia)


29 Oct 1941 

Selma CAHN/KANN transported to Auschwitz


Early 1942

KANN family vacate apartment move in with
Miss STEIN, Gartenhaus, also in the Mommsenstr 52


June 1942

Selma KANN arrested Mommsenstr 52
Came to Kottbus eventually and 6 months later a letter came “verreist” - "travelling"


Jul 1942

KANN family possessions confiscated.


  5 Mar 1943

Marga in Jewish Hospital
Iranian Street, Berlin
classified as „Geltungsjude““Validity Jew”
taken in "
From  Private Jewish care"

Friedrich SCHILLER Address: c/o (Ida) OELSNER possibly ELSNER Waldenserstr. 16, Berlin NW21


29 Oct 1943

Selma on Transport 54 to the East


End 1943

Content of Jewish possessions in Mommsenstr 52 collected by Gestapo
(Kann + Stein )



Marga COHN Adopted by Adam and Clara LOEWINSKI


Feb 1945

Otto SCHMALIAN released from Zerbst OT-Lager for mixed bloodded after the death of his wife Alice


August 1945

Adam & Clara LOEWINSKI at
Berlin—Niederschönhausen, Blücherstr. 30;

source: digital Archive, ITS Bad Arolsen:    , Document ID: 78791668

Feb 1949

LOEWINSKI family emigrated to Israel


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