And my wife, who worked in the Joodse Invalide [Jewish nursing home], said: ‘Have them go into hiding, for God’s sake, don’t let them leave’.
The Germans transmitted orders to the Jewish community through the Jewish Council. After the men, young children were called up for transport. Coen’s youngest sister Liesje, barely 16 years old, received a summons to be sent out. His brother Chiel went along voluntarily. The Hollandse Schouwburg served as a collection place for deportation.