Fanny Cogan (1937 - 1943)

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Fanny Cogan
1937 - 1943
February 27, 1937
Paris, Paris County, IdF France
November 2, 1943
Holocaust in Auschwitz-Birkenau (Auschwitz II) Oswiecim, Malasposkie County, Poland
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Paris, Paris County, IdF France
Fanny Cogan was born on February 27, 1937 in Paris, IdF France. She is the child of Joseph Cogan and Jeannette Céorna, with a sibling Albert. She died on November 2, 1943 at Holocaust, Auschwitz-Birkenau (Auschwitz II) Oswiecim, Poland at 6 years old.
Updated: May 27, 2022
On November 2, 1943 she was arreted with her fater Joseph and her brother Albert and transferred to the "Mal Coiffée" prison in Moulins (France). On november 16 she was transfered to Drancy (Paris) Concentration Camp, and finally deported to Extermination Camp Auschwitz-Birkenau on december 7 (train nº 64). She was gassed there just after her arrival.
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Paris, Paris County, IdF France
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Fanny Cogan died on at Holocaust in Auschwitz-Birkenau (Auschwitz II) Oswiecim, Malasposkie County, Poland
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Barry McFadden commented on Sep 26, 2021
It is unbelievably sad that these two little babies were murdered like that. I'm curious about the mother - she lived until 91 (which is awesome - it's the best sort of FU to the Nazis!) and died in Australia. Does anyone know anything about her? Did she ever remarry or have other children? How did she escape being sent to a camp? I'd love to hear that the rest of her life was happy and fulfilling.


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Fanny Cogan was deported to Auschwitz in November 1943 with her younger brother from a child centre.

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In 1937, in the year that Fanny Cogan was born, on May 6th, the German zeppelin the Hindenburg caught fire and blew up. The Hindenburg was a passenger ship traveling to Frankfurt Germany. It tried to dock in New Jersey, one of the stops, and something went wrong - it blew up. Thirty-six people were killed out of the 97 on board - 13 passengers, 22 crewmen, and one ground worker. The reasons for the explosion are still disputed.

In 1940, she was only 3 years old when on November 5th, President Franklin Roosevelt was elected to a third term, defeating Wendell Willkie of Indiana (a corporate lawyer). Roosevelt running for a third term was controversial. But the U.S. was emerging from the Great Recession and he promised that he would not involve the country in any foreign war (which of course changed when Japan bombed Pearl Harbor). Roosevelt defeated Willkie in the popular vote by 54.7 to 44.8% and in the Electoral College 449 to 82.

In 1941, at the age of only 4 years old, Fanny was alive when on December 7th, the Japanese attacked the military base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The surprise aerial attack damaged 8 U.S. battleships (6 later returned to service), including the USS Arizona, and destroyed 188 aircraft. 2,402 American citizens died and 1,178 wounded were wounded. On December 8th, the U.S. declared war on Japan and on December 11th, Germany and Italy (allies of Japan) declared war on the United States. World War II was in full swing.

In 1943, in the year of Fanny Cogan's passing, on June 20th through June 22nd, the Detroit Race Riot erupted at Belle Isle Park. The rioting spread throughout the city (made worse by false rumors of attacks on blacks and whites) and resulted in the deployment of 6,000 Federal troops. 34 people were killed, (25 of them black) - mostly by white police or National Guardsmen, 433 were wounded (75 percent of them black) and an estimated $2 million of property was destroyed. The same summer, there were riots in Beaumont, Texas and Harlem, New York.

In 1948, at the age of only 11 years old, Fanny was alive when on January 30th, Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated in New Delhi by a member of a Hindu nationalist party who thought that Gandhi was too accommodating to Muslims. The man, Nathuram Godse, shot Gandhi 3 times. He died immediately. The shooter was tried, convicted, and hung in November 1949.

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