The Testimony of the niece, Rachel Shely Ben-Chayun:
It is about the early 1950’s (maybe 1953), at the “Tsemach” transit camp, near the “Kineret” lake.
The family came from Djerba in Tunisia at the end of 1951, and stayed at “Sha’ar Aliya“ in Chaifa for about a year, and then moved to the transit camp in “Tsemach” .
I presume the baby that may have been abducted, was three and a half-four years old. she was born around the year 1949.
She was named Rachel Cohen.
The parents were called Chaim (Chawita) and Misha-Simcha Cohen.
The aunt Miryam (the sister of baby Rachel) says, that she herself was about nine and a half - ten years old at the time, and was playing outside with her little sister at the transit camp, and everything was fine.
In the evening they went to sleep, when in the middle of the night, Rachel woke up and said she was thirsty and not feeling well. Her mother gave her a drink, and saw that she had a fever and also spots on her skin. In the morning they took her to the hospital in Tiberias. It is not clear if it was to the Italian hospital, or to the other hospital.
They told them to go home after they hospitalized her.Parents were not allowed to stay with the hospitalized children at that time.
The next day, they came back to visit her and were told she passed away, and that they have already taken care of the burial. They would not let them see her.
They went back to the transit camp and sat “Shiv’ah” (7 mourning days for the dead). There was no specific grave and no funeral. They totally believed what they were told. Grandfather and his wife (the parents of Rachel) have passed away since. The father passed away about nine years ago and the mother about six years ago.
Parents were not allowed to stay with the hospitalized children at that time. The next day, they came back to visit her and were told she passed away, and that they have already taken care of the burial. They would not let them see her.
There was no specific grave and no funeral.