Website Dokin : German War Children in the Netherlands

Dokin is a Dutch acronym for Duitse Oorlogskinderen INederland (German War Children in the Netherlands). Here you will find information about the refugee children from the Third Reich who came to the Netherlands after Kristallnacht.


After Reichskristallnacht (starting November 9th, 1938), many parents in Germany and Austria decided to send their children abroad, alone.
Not many countries were willing to accept refugees. The fact that England has accepted about 8000 children is well-known and well documented. The so called “Kindertransports” from Germany to London are famous. The fact that some other European countries did accept some of the refugee children is largely unknown.
Almost 2000 children came to the Netherlands.


On this website you will find information on these children and about this period in Dutch history.
In the Children section you will find information which Miriam has collected over the years. For privacy reasons this list is split in two: the children whom she knows to have been killed in the camps or have died in other ways during the Shoah are in the Public Database, whereas the ones who did or might have survived are in the Secure zone of this website. To access this data (free of charge) you will need to request a username and password. We will personally approve the request, so this is not always done instantly.
In the secure zone you will also find the letters that Elisabeth Eylenburg wrote from Berlin to her son’s foster mother Elisa Wijsenbeek in The Hague.
In the Refugee Homes section you will find descriptions of all the homes where the refugee children were housed. Miriam has also placed some group pictures here.
In the Publications section you will find all the articles Miriam has written and that have been written about her research.
In the Links and Literature section you will find a listing of related publications and websites.

Dokin is acroniem voor : Duitse Oorlogskinderen in Nederland
Children, Deportation, Germans, Information, Netherlands, Refugees, Research, War, World War II