Press Release May 4, 2018 Open Jewish Houses

PRESS RELEASE

Open Jewish Houses – Houses of Resistance 2018

Speaking memorials on the spot where history has taken place .

On May 4, 2018, the double program Open Jewish Homes – Houses of Resistance will take place in Wageningen: small-scale meetings to remind and commemorate. The Jewish life from before, during and just after the Second World War and the resistance are central. At the place where history took place, current residents, witnesses, descendants, old and new neighbors, connoisseurs and interested people tell personal stories about persecution, resistance and liberation.
The program is organized by the 4MeiWerkgroep and Stichting Joods Erfgoed Wageningen in cooperation with the Jewish Cultural Quarter Amsterdam.

Important commemoration project

The Open Jewish Homes project, which was established in Amsterdam in 2012, has grown into an important and recognizable memorial project in no fewer than 19 cities in the Netherlands. It is in line with the interest of many residents and neighbors in the (pre- and post-war) Jewish history of their home, street or neighborhood. Everyone is welcome to listen, to share impressions and to commemorate together.

The more than 160 commemorations in the context of Open Jewish Homes – Houses of Resistance 2018 will take place in Amstelveen, Amsterdam, Appingedam, Deventer, Gouda, Groningen, Hoorn, Leiden, Maastricht, Santpoort-Zuid, Sneek, Steenwijk, Utrecht, Vught / Den Bosch, Wageningen, Winsum, Winschoten, Winterswijk and Zaanstad. Look for the dates (28 to 6 May) and programs on www.openjoodsehuizen.nl. The meetings last a maximum of one hour and are accessible free of charge.

The starting point for Open Jewish Homes – Houses of Resistance are the addresses and names mentioned on the website www.joodsmonument.nl, the digital monument for all Jews in the Netherlands who were murdered during the Holocaust.

Double program with added value

2018 is the Year of Resistance and therefore the seventh edition of Open Jewish Homes consists of a double program with both Jewish and resistance stories. Jewish stories and resistance histories are obvious in a variety of ways. Often a resistance story is also a Jewish story and vice versa. Jews were involved in the resistance and hiding – in itself an act of resistance – was often made possible by the involvement of members of the resistance. The stories of and about the resistance can help us deal with the issues of today.

Open Jewish Houses – Houses of Resistance is part of the Year of Resistance, an initiative of the Vfonds and Platform WO2. For more information see www.openjoodsehuizen.nl and specifically for Wageningen: Elianne Rookmaaker: elianne.rookmaaker@gmail.com

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