On 22 March 2016, 74 years later, a monument was unveiled by the relatives of forty deported Jewish residents of Vlissingen. They were deported on 24 March 1942. By shuffling sand from Israel into a box, the deceased were symbolically buried in consecrated ground. Then the names of the victims were read out by Chief Rabbi Binyomin Jacobs and a minute silence was held.
This memorial returns the names of the deceased back to Vlissingen where they all just wanted to get old, was said by the initiator of the monument, Jacques de Hond. The image consists of two columns topped with barbed wire. It is one column, broken into two parts. I want everyone to understand how the lives of these people is torn. All those names... it must be very clear what has happened and what horrors these people have undergone.
Do you have more information about this location? Inform us!
- Text: Mia van den Berg
- Photos: Arjan Vrieze