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Jewish Monument Balderhaar

Jewish Monument Balderhaar

war memorial of the Balderhaar labor camp (Hardenberg)

The monument is located on the Verlengde Broekdijk in Balderhaar

The curved receptacles are in the shape of the posts of a labor camp fence. The memorial stands on a masonry plateau, in the shape of a Star of David.

´GIVE ME THE COURAGE TO ACKNOWLEDGE INJUSTICE
EVEN WHERE IT IS LEGITIMATED BY CENTURIES OF USE,
THE SOLID WILL NEVER TO GET THEM TO INJUSTICE,
ALSO WHERE THE POWER TO TAKE IT AWAY, APRON.
JACQUELINE VAN DER WAALS
FROM EARLY 1942 – DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR –
WERE JEWISH COMPATIBLES HOUSED IN WORK CAMPS
TO PERFORM FORCED WORK. OCTOBER 2 AND 3 OF THE SAME YEAR
THEY WERE ALL CAMP WESTERBORK AND FROM THERE TO GERMANY
EXTERMINATION CAMPS DEPORTED. ONLY FEW RETURNED.
"HOW ARE YOU DOING I HOPE WELL. IT WILL BE QUIET IN THE STREET NOW ALL GONE. I'M ALSO GOOD, ALTHOUGH THERE IS A LOT OF WALKING AND WORKING HARD, WHAT DOESN'T MATTER ME, THAT YOU DO UNDERSTAND. BUT TAKE CARE AND HOPE THAT WE WILL BE ABLE TO greet each other soon."
QUOTE FROM LETTER FROM HARTOG GOSSCHALK, BALDERAAR 9 AUG. 1942.
HARTOG IS ON FEB 28. Died in 1943 IN AUSCHWITZ. HE WAS 40 YEARS.´

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Source

  • Text: Richard
  • Photos: Richard

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