During the Second World War, the majority of the Jewish population in The Hague was deported. Of the 14,000 Jews who were deported from The Hague, 12,000 were murdered. This horrific fact deserves attention and a place where they can be remembered in a worthy fashion, a place where the memory returns, a place at the heart of the former Jewish district. From the end of the seventeenth century until the Second World War, the site of what is now Rabbijn Maarsenplein was the heart of the Jewish district.
This square already had the Children’s monument and a replica of the bronze plaquette called ‘Rachel weent’ (Rachel weeps). Both memorials were created in memory of the Jewish children in The Hague who died in the Second World War. You can find the original of the plaque ‘Rachel weent’ in the exhibition Children in War, in the Museon.
On the square a new monument was conceived and produced by the Hague/Israeli artist Anat Ratzabi, who has used existing and new symbolism to create a place at the heart of The Hague city centre for reflection and contemplation.