Marcel Kohler was born in Utrecht, the Netherlands, in 1950, five years after the
end of World War II. He is the youngest of three siblings, with an older brother born
three years after the war, and an older sister who was a child during the Nazi occupation
of the Netherlands. His family experienced hardships during the occupation, including
food shortages and threats to their property by the occupying forces. During the war,
they hid their valuables in secret cabinets, and his sister later shared stories with
him of Jewish people hidden in the attic. The Kohler family immigrated to the United
States in 1955 and settled in Lansing, Michigan.
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Topics: Rationing, War in Europe, Holocaust Resistance, The Camps, Immigrant Stories