The monument was erected in memory of 172 Tilburg victims of the Holocaust.
The monument is based on the tree that symbolizes all that grows and blooms, the connection of heaven and earth, the tree as a representation of vital life. The Biblical story teaches that in addition to the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, God also planted the symbol for eternal life and resurrection, the tree of life, in the Garden of Eden. In almost all cultures it has grown as the connecting link between heaven and earth, as the axis around which all life revolves and comes into being. The fabric on the branches refers to improvised hanging laundry of the countless people fleeing genocide and dictatorship, on their way in search of a safer world. In the pedestal under the tree, a subtle fabric of the street pattern of the city of Tilburg around 1940 has been applied. A reference to Tilburg has been made both with this street structure and with the cloths and rugs referring to textiles. Because textiles have now disappeared from the city as an industrial branch.
Pebbles can be placed on the pedestal as a reminder.
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- Text: Nationaal Comité 4 en 5 mei
- Photos: Dick de Bruijne (1, 2, 3), Frank Overman (4)