The Digital Monument to the Jewish Community in the Netherlands is an Internet monument dedicated to preserving the memory of all men, women and children who were persecuted as Jews during the Nazi occupation [of the Netherlands] and did not survive the Shoah.
People live on as long as their memories are preserved. During the Shoah tens of thousands of Jews from the Netherlands were killed. Memories of them are vague or non-existent. Many children who survived the war have fleeting impressions of their parents and in some cases remember nothing about them at all. Grandchildren do not know what their grandparents were like.
This has inspired the digital Monument to the Jewish community in the Netherlands: the aim is to depict the Jewish community, Jewish families and individual Jews on the eve of the deportations.
The Monument lists basic data for each of these individuals, such as first and last names, date and place of birth, date and place of death and the address where they lived. In many cases, information is also available about the family members who lived with them and their occupation. The data reflect a certain point in time, as the date listed at 'family situation' indicates. The Monument describes the household effects that over 8,000 families were forced to leave behind during the war. Finally, brief biographical notes on many thousands of families and persons appear on the website.
Director of the Foundation Digitaal Monument Joodse Gemeenschap in Nederland until 2006: Karin Hofmeester (firstname.lastname@example.org)