RABBI ISAAC MAARSEN INSTALLED AS SENIOR RABBI OF THE HAGUE
Isaac Maarsen was born in Amsterdam on February 27th 1892. He had already been working for six years as a rabbi in Amsterdam when at the age of 33 he was appointed opperrabbijn of Den Haag. During the Second World War the care for the Jews of Den Haag became his primary task. Even after the German occupiers forced the Jews to leave Den Haag for Amsterdam, Westerbork or for labour camps abroad, he continued to strive for the well being of his community and refused to go into hiding. On 21 April 1943 he was deported together with his entire family and three months later they were all murdered in Sobibor.