Quick tip – Visit the virtual Jewish monument

Today we commemorate that Camp Auschwitz was liberated 70 years ago. I visited the camp with my class in high school and it made a lasting impression on me. We saw rooms packed with children’s shoes, toothbrushes, toys, and then read that it was just 1% of the total number that had been collected. Each one representing a tragic story.

The website Jewish Monument tries to show each of these stories of the Dutch victims of the Holocaust. On the homepage, one dot represents each victim: blue for adult men, red for adult women, green for boys age 6-21, yellow for girls age 6-21, cyan for boys under 6 and pink for girls under 6. Each dot will take you to a page that tells the story of that person and his/her family. You can also search for names in the top right corner of the homepage.

Auschwitz main gate with the text 'Arbeit macht frei'

Auschwitz main gate. Credits: TBertor at Wikimedia Commons (CC-BY-SA)

About Yvette Hoitink

Yvette Hoitink, CG®, QG™ is a professional genealogist in the Netherlands. She holds the Certified Genealogist credential from the Board for Certification of Genealogists and has a post-graduate diploma in Family and Local History from the University of Dundee. She has been doing genealogy for over 30 years and helps people from across the world find their ancestors in the Netherlands. Read about Yvette's professional genealogy services.

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