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War Memorial Drachten

The monument in the Van Haersma Park consists of three war memorials: a general memorial, a Jewish memorial and a Gypsy memoria.

The general war memorial was established in memory of 17 citizens who died during the occupation by war.

The names of the 16 victims are:
Geert Jan Blauw, Pieter Blom, Johannes Martinus Boleij, Hendrik Eenkhooren, Johannes Joseph Erich, Reimer Feitsma, Taeke Sije Halma, Petrus Antonius Bernardus Keverkamp, Bauke Lijklema, Johannes Bartholomeus Tichelaar, Jan Visser, Dirk de Vries, Gerhardus Wagenaar, Tjalling Wagenaar, Jouke Louw Wiersma en Ate Bruinsma.

Jewish Memorial
The Jewish memorial was erected in memory of fourteen Jewish fellow citizens who were killed during World War II in the concentration camps Auschwitz and Sobibor.

The names of the fourteen victims:

Betje Benninga
Rozette Benninga
Dina van Leer
Mozes van Leer
Vrougje van Leer
Veronica Esje van Leer-Zwarts
Hinderika Mozes
David Julius Turksma
Dora Jacoba Turksma
Jacob Turksma
Mozes Turksma
Simon Turksma
Anna Zilverberg
Saartje Zilverberg.

The Gypsy Memorial
The Gypsy memorial was erected in memory of all Sinti and Roma who were deported by the Nazis during World War II and killed. The monument recalls in particular to the seven members of the family Mirosch who died in 1944 at the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp.

From 1941 were Gypsies by the German occupiers are required on a permanent position. Gypsy family Mirosch stood on a stand on the Passchier Bollemanweg in Drachten. On 16 May 1944, father and mother Mirosch and their three daughters, step-daughter and granddaughter were arrested. Through the Westerbork transit camp they were deported to the Polish extermination camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, where they were killed. Mirosch son remained with his three brothers behind in Drachten. They survived the war.

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