DP children perform a dance at a Hanukkah celebration at the Warburg children’s home for Jewish orphans liberated from the concentration camps.
The sixteen-acre Kosterberg estate outside Hamburg, owned by Max Warburg, the prosperous Hamburg Jewish banker, had been in the family for generations. In October 1941 it was seized by the Nazi regime and turned over to the army for use as an officers’ quarters and a military hospital. Following the German defeat, the British established a field hospital on the premises. A few months later, Eric Warburg (Max’s son) returned to Germany and requested the return of the property.
As a member of the Joint Distribution Committee’s board of directors (his uncle Felix Warburg was one of the founders of the JDC), Eric decided to turn over the estate to the JDC for use as a shelter for Jewish orphans rescued from the concentration camps. Hundreds of children (most of them liberated in Bergen-Belsen and Theresienstadt) passed through the Warburg home in the three years of its operation.
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