The Children of Bullenhuser Damm association

Mania Altman

*1938 in Radom, Poland

Lelka Birnbaum

*1933 in Poland

Sergio De Simone

*1937 in Naples, Italy

Surcis Goldinger

*1934/35 in Poland

Riwka Herszberg

*1938 in Zduńska Wola, Poland

Eduard and Alexander Hornemann

*1933/1936 in Eindhoven, the Netherlands

Marek James

*1939 in Poland

Walter Jungleib

*1932 in Slovakia

Lea Klygerman

*1937 in Ostrowiec, Poland

Georges-André Kohn

*1932 in Paris, France

Bluma Mekler

*1934 in Sandomierz, Poland

Jacqueline Morgenstern

*1932 in Paris, France

Eduard Reichenbaum

*1934 in Kattowitz, Poland

Marek Steinbaum

*1937 in Radom, Poland

H. Wassermann

*1937 in Poland

Roman and Eleonora Witoński

*1938/1939 in Radom, Poland

R. Zeller

*1933 in Poland

Ruchla Zylberberg

*1936 in Zawichost, Poland

 
 
 

THE 20 CHILDREN

Eduard and Alexander Hornemann

Eduard, the elder of the two Hornemann brothers, was born on 1 January, 1933. He was known as Edo in the family. Alexander was born on 31 May 1936 and was nicknamed Lexje. The family came from Eindhoven in the Netherlands.

The father, Philip Carel Hornemann, worked for Philips. After the occupation of the Netherlands by German forces, he and another 100 Jewish colleagues were deployed into a special department of the company. His wife Elisabeth hid on a farm with their son Alexander, whilst Eduard was taken in on another farm. When the Jewish employees of Philips were taken to Vught Concentration camp, Elisabeth Hornemann followed her husband with her two sons. The family was deported to Auschwitz Concentration camp from Vught on 3 June 1944. Elisabeth Hornemann died three months later in September 1944 of abdominal typhus. Eduard and Alexander were moved to the children’s barracks. Shortly before the liberation of Auschwitz, Philip Carel Hornemann was taken to Dachau Concentration camp and from there to Sachsenhausen Concentration camp. He died during the transport on 21 February 1945.

Eduard and Alexander Hornemann were brought to Neuengamme Concentration Camp on 28 November 1944 and murdered on 20 April 1945 here in Bullenhuser Damm.

Ans van Staveren, sister of Elisabeth Hornemann and aunt to Eduard and Alexander, did survive. She stayed hidden until the Netherlands was liberated. For a long time she hoped that her two nephews would come home. It was not until 1979 that she learned of the fate of her two nephews. She remained in contact with the Children of Bullenhuser Damm association until her death in 2008 at the age of 103.