Memorial Executions Zuid-Kennemerland
Two memorial stones on both sides of this path mark the place where 2 February, 1943 seven citizens from Haarlem and three from Velsens were executed by the occupiers as a retaliatory measure.
The people from Haarlem, including the entire Jewish Council of Haarlem, were part of a group of hundreds of citizens of Haarlem, who in the night of January 31 to February 1, 1943 were taken of their beds and were taken hostage. The Velsen residents were among a group of ten citizens from Velsen, who were arrested on 22 January 1943 and, like the Haarlem citizens were transferred to the prison of Haarlem.
The mortal remains of the executed were cremated the same day in the crematorium Driehuis-Westerveld.
Almost all surviving members of the Jewish Council of Haarlem were transported up to concentration camps immediately after the executions. None of them returned.
The remaining hostages were brought to Vught concentration camp the day after the execution. They returned after three month.
A week after the execution, all Jews living in Haarlem were ordered to move to Amsterdam. This ended, in fact, the Jewish community in this region.
The monument is in memory of those who died here:
Iwan Swan Lake
Wijnand De La Rie
The monuments are located along a footpath, which follows the cycle path. There are two crossings of footpaths (made of shells and gravel) with the same cycle, about 30 meters apart. It does not matter which path you take, since the two paths cross each other at the first monument. You need walk the path for about 30 meters before the first monument with an information billboard is reached.
- Text: Nationaal Park Zuid Kennemerland & Ewoud van Eig
- Photos: Ewoud van Eig (1,2,3) & Lammert melk (4)
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Point of interest
- Location Crash Lockheed Ventura Bomber 'AJ 200'
- Genieloods Vijfhuizen
- Remains Schnellboot Bunker "A"
- I liked the clear descriptions of the memorialized event and the location, but could not read the actual inscription on the stone. We lived near Kennemerland in Bloemendaal, on the Hooge Duin en Daalseweg, from 1940-43, when my parents moved the family to Amsterdam because there was such an increase in German traffic that they anticipated an evacuation of all Dutch residents. Two months after we moved, the Germans in fact did order aIl our former neighbors evacuated on 24 hours notice - as it turned out, the purpose was to build their Atlantic Wall. I was eight years old when we moved away, and am finally writing down my memories for my children.
- By: Magda Van Bueren Grant
- City: Palo Alto, California
- Date and time: 24-06-2009 10:59:33
- Ranking: 5 out of 5 stars