The Jewish Heritage Foundation Wageningen


The purpose of the Jewish Heritage Foundation Wageningen and its surroundings is to promote the conservation, restoration or restoration of everything that recalls the (mostly former) Jewish community in Wageningen and surroundings, including memorials and oral and written traditions.


By World War II, assimilation and emigration, the Jewish community in the Netherlands greatly shrunk and grows slightly. This too is living Jewish culture today still found mainly in the larger cities. The Jewish population in Wageningen fell from forty souls in 1939 to about a dozen now. However, the Jewish community has left striking traces, which are forgotten and are further threatened by the constant renewal of the city associated with many activities. names in 1997 A.G. Steenbergen and several other civilians from Wageningen to establish the initiative a Jewish Memorial Foundation Wageningen chaired by ds. A. Boelhouwer.


The goal was to create a monument to the Jews of Wageningen area, died during the German occupation of 1940-1945. Wageningen, the city after the defeat of the Germans the surrender documents were signed by the Germans, did not have such a monument. With the help of very many, the goal was achieved. In November 1999 the contract to the artist Yetty Elzas was given to achieve its design. On 4 May 2000, the monument was unveiled by the mayor of Wageningen J.F. Sala with Rabbi J.S. Jacobs. After the unveiling the monument was transferred to Wageningen population represented by the Municipality of the City. After this, the Foundation promoted the ‘A eerlijcke plaets’ Memorboek Jewish Wageningen area was published in a publicly accessible form. The author A.G. Steenbergen had been working on this issue for years. This book, with a foreword by Rabbi J.S. Jacobs, talks about the period of the 16th century to the 20th century. In 2006 Rev. occurred. A. Boelhouwer as chairman of the Foundation and was succeeded by prof. M.S. Alsace. The opportunity was used to subdue the Foundation’s purpose and activities to scrutiny and, consequently, to take a new path. End of August 2007, the name and the statutes of the Foundation were adapted to the changed situation: Jewish Heritage Foundation Wageningen was a fact.

Rural perspective

In Winsum Foundation exists a Jewish Heritage Winsum, which the foundation maintains close contact. In some other municipalities, organizations active in this area, but often with slightly different objectives. Of course, the Jewish Historical Museum in Amsterdam is the focal point for all the memories, books, photographs and objects documenting the Jewish past. Some time ago, the thought occurred to whether it would not be wise to call a national foundation in life that all these efforts that could coordinate. All this is still in a very early stage and we will have to see whether such entity is established and will have an effect.


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