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During the Second World War, the majority of the Jewish population in The Hague was deported and murdered in concentration camps. Over 14,000 Jewish residents of The Hague were deported, and at least 12,000 of these were murdered. That makes The Hague the second city in the Netherlands when it comes to the number of Jewish residents who were deported and killed.
It is now over 70 years ago since the end of the Second World War and The Hague still did not have a fitting monument to remember and commemorate its Jewish residents. For that reason, the Jewish Monument The Hague Foundation took the initiative to create a monument in the heart of the old Jewish district in The Hague to remember and commemorate their fellow citizens. So that they are not forgotten.
On behalf of the foundation, artist Anat Ratzabi created a design for a meaningful monument. The monument has various elements and also integrates the existing Amalek monument on the Gedempte Gracht, creating a beautiful and historic monument at the heart of the old Jewish district. The Hague, and in particular the Jewish community, now has somewhere they can go to remember and commemorate their fellow citizens.
The Amalek monument used to be in the Gedempte Gracht in The Hague. It was created in 1967 by Dick Stins and unveiled again after a renovation in 2007. It is in the form of the Star of David. In the Star of David, there is a family seeking protection and at their feet is a picture of a victim of the Holocaust.
By the Star of David is a line from Devarim (Deuteronomy), one of the five books of the Torah, the Jewish name for the Old Testament.
‘Remember what Amalek did to you… don’t forget. (DEUT: 25.17.19)’
Underneath is the same text in Hebrew.
Amalek is the grandson of Esau, who with his people was the archenemy of the Israelites.
The creation of the memorial was an initiative of the Stichting Levi Lassen. The monument was unveiled on 12 October 1967 by Chief Rabbi S. Beëri.
The memorial was attached to the wall of the Stichting Levi Lassen building on the Gedempte Gracht in The Hague.
Jacques Levi Lassen was born on February 25th 1884 in Bergen in Germany – as Jacob Levi. At the age of 15, he started work with the textile company Siegmund Strauss Jr. In 1904, this company sent him to the Netherlands to run a branch in The Hague. He decided to stay permanently in the Netherlands and in 1920 was given Dutch citizenship. In 1923, he obtained approval (by Royal Decree) to take the name Lassen. The company flourished and expanded until the start of the Second World War. Urged by his colleagues, J.L Lassen left The Hague and spent the war years in New York. In 1946, he resumed the running of the company. In memory of the former residents of the Jewish District, J.L. Lassen dedicated the last 16 years of his life to redeveloping this old district. On June 24th 1957, J.L. Lassen founded the Stichting Levi Lassen, of which he was the only director until his death (March 5th 1962) and to which he left his entire estate.