- According to Jewish tradition, someone ‘lives on’ as long as his or her memory is preserved. Tens of thousands of Jews from the Netherlands were killed in the Shoah, of whom memories are often vague or non-existent. Many children who survived the war have only a very imperfect idea – if any – of what their close family was like; grandchildren do not know what kind of people their grandparents were. It was this blank that inspired the Digital Monument to the Jewish community in the Netherlands: the aim is to provide a picture of the Jewish community, Jewish families and individual Jews on the eve of the deportations. The digital nature of the Monument makes it possible to introduce constant changes and improvements. So the Monument is not ‘finished’; it will continue to grow over the years, with stories, photographs, and references to archives, literature, and other websites.
- The Digital Monument to the Jewish Community in the Netherlands is an Internet monument dedicated to preserving the memory of all the men, women and children who were persecuted as Jews during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands and did not survive the Shoah.
- Every person in the Monument has a separate page commemorating his or her life. This ‘personal page’ gives the person’s most basic personal details. Where possible, it also contains a reconstruction of his or her family relationships. The basic aim is to try to show the circumstances of each individual life. What emerges is a snapshot of the household in 1941 or 1942. Addresses are added, enabling visitors to take a virtual walk through streets and towns. The Digital Monument also contains a good deal of other information. These notes explain how the site has been set up and how it can be used.
- You can provide information to be added to the Monument yourself. All recollections, photographs, letters or any other kind of additions are welcome. On each family, person and address page, you will find a link marked ‘Add information’. Clicking on that link will take you to an electronic form for entering the information and mailing it to the editors. For further details about adding your own information, please see the page Additions and corrections.