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Welcome at the website of the Jewish Community of Maastricht. The website bilingual because of the composition of the Maastricht community and the visitors who often pass by.
Furthermore we reorganized our time schedules: one for the events in the Synagogue and another one for the lighting of candles. For last timeschedule we use the Chabad calendar which is localized for Amsterdam.
We are standing here again at the monument for the children. Every year I have the prerogative trying to make tangible and imaginable what is in fact not tangible or imaginable. Every year again I have the prerogative to listen attentively and not understanding to the proclamation of Donald de Marcas: ‘tenslotte delen wij u nog mede, dat de goede hoop bestaat, dat de kinderen hier in het land ondergebracht zullen worden en de ouders kunnen dan, indien zij dit wensen nog terugkeren’.
Donald de Marcas experienced those awful years personally. As a child of the post-war generation I can hear it in his voice. In my parental home everything was either before the War or after it. I had to play violin, because my uncle Joseph, who got arrested as a Jewish resistance fighter and was murdered in course of time, played the violin too.
How long do we go on with remembering? The number of survivors is becoming less from day to day and the so-called second generation has now already retired. I am already thinking for some years will my grand-children still have the same feelings when reading the names on the Children’s Monument? The murdered children should have been their grand Parents. And what warning that must have been shown by this place? That will not be necessary, I thought rather naively, because everybody will understand that by now.
When I was in school I learned that are is some kind of rodents, somewhere in Scandinavia, who commit collective suicide every now and then, by running into the sea just to get drowned. I thought that they are very stupid. When I grew older however I saw the same destructive behaviour also among those ‘intelligent’ creatures called ‘Man’.
In the most beautiful room of Parliament, the ‘Handelingenkamer’, is one empty shelf.
Here should have been stored the minutes of the Meetings between 1940 till 1945.
A dark chapter in history.
( Ms Khadija Arib, President Lower House May 4, 2017 at National Remembrance Day on the Dam Square in Amsterdam)
It is really clear to me where we are standing now:
- Are we standing near a monument for the Remembrance of a horrendous period?
- Or is this a monument for the memento of our once flowering Jewish Community of Venlo before the war?
- Maybe do we reveal the two monuments to stand still, grown numb by what went wrong after that dark period?
- Maybe the aim of our gathering a kind of educational project that warns us and reminds with parallels with no wand the nearby future?
Deputy Ger Koopmans
Major Antoin Scholten
Municipal Counsellor Jos Teeuwen
The designers Ton Slits and Pier van Leest
Family members of Mr Philip Cohen (among them granddaughter Mirjam Cohen)
President of the Jewish Community Limburg and en honorary consul of the State of Israel, Mr. Benoit Wesly, Mr Gerrit van der Vorst. Ladies and Gentlemen.
A shifting perspective and a work of art for the commemoration of Philip Cohen.
Our meeting has everything to do indeed with this shifting perspective. Fugitives from Germany who tried to escape from the gas chambers, who did not see a future for themselves, no perspective. And then they manage to cross the border and set foot on land in a free area. The got perspective again, were driven back, got robbed of their perspective to end up in the gas chambers and disappeared into oblivion.