In 1909 the Berg-stichting opened as a shelter for Jewish children who had been removed from the custody of their parents by the court or were orphans.

The affluent fashion designer Albert (Sally) Berg donated an estate in Laren for their accommodations. The complex included a synagogue. In 1940 the residents of the Berg-stichting comprised 106 boys and girls between 4 and 21. In early 1943 the entire foundation was transferred to 92-96 Rapenburg in Amsterdam. The Gentile director Reitsema did his utmost to protect his wards and staff. About 70 residents survived the war by going into hiding or obtaining certificates stating that they were not Jewish.
(See also: Calmeyer).

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