They won't be Forgotten

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Erik van den Ham on February 1, 2009

They won't be Forgotten

102.000 lives lost! Here at this memorial they are remembered. A stone for each human who was deported from Camp Westerbork.The stones are placed in a way that all together the mimic the shape of the Netherlands. It's clearly visible if you zoom in on the Google Map at the red drop.

Sabine aus Rostock on February 1, 2009

This a great picture of a great and really important monument, Erik! Thanks for showing this the community and thanks a lot for the information!

Greetings, Sabine

Erik van den Ham on February 1, 2009

Thanks Sabine for your appreciation.

Greetings, rik

freddie fish (tiff) on February 2, 2009

wow, lovely picture erik!

A.Lebacq on February 2, 2009

Een indrukwekkende foto Erik, eentje om bij na te denken.

Groeten Arthur

jac hendrix on February 2, 2009

En zo worden ze zeker niet vergeten Erik Jac

Erik van den Ham on February 2, 2009

Hello Tiffany I found this place most impressive. As I took a lot of pictures It also gave me time to think of all that has happened there.

Ook een heel indrukwekkende plek Arthur en Jac. Ben best lang bezig geweest met het foto's maken. Het gaf me tijd om na te denken over wat er gebeurd is hier op deze plek. Dat mensen elkaar dit kunnen aandoen vind ik onvoorstelbaar.

Zo'n monument is er ter nagedachtenis. Je hoopt dat dit soort dingen nooit meer zouden gebeuren. Toch blijkt de geschiedenis zichzelf te herhalen. En zijn mensen soms mijn inziens de ergste 'beesten' uit het dierenrijk.


MaryAlice on February 2, 2009

This is a very meaningful and terribly sad shot, my friend.

It truly makes my heart ache.

I have looked through all your photos from this terrible camp Westerbork, and feel almost sick to my stomach.

I can't believe this was done to all of these innocent people. It is so horrible, it's almost unfathomable to me.

I zoomed in on Google earth as you said, and I could totally see the shape of the Netherlands there. It's amazing.

As if this could make up for even a fragment of what was done, but ti's still a very touching memorial display.

At least they can be remembered.

I tremble to think of the brutal torture these people must have suffered all because of hate and ignorance.

I can't help but agree with you in saying that sometimes I am embarrassed and ashamed to be a part of the human race.

Thank you for sharing this tremendous loss with me.

With great respect,

Mary Alice

Erik van den Ham on February 2, 2009

Thank you so much Mary Alice for your meaningful words.

History can't be changed, but somewhere you have the hope things will change for the better. That we learn from such mistakes from the past.

But recent things happened in the former Yugoslavia proved otherwise. I know Dutch military troops were close by as people were put on transport to be killed elsewhere.

Not to speak of the terrible things happening in the Gaza area in Israel. I think both parties are guilty to the current situation and that long lasting conflict.

Will we never learn....

Knowing history will repeat herself sometimes makes me sad. Because it means not only good things will happen again but all the bad will too.


uaf on February 3, 2009

Indrukwekkende foto, Erik. Je hebt deze zwarte bladzijde in de Nederlandse geschiedenis wel heel dramatisch weten vast te leggen en toe te lichten. Stemt tot nadenken. Groeten van uaf.

Erik van den Ham on February 3, 2009

Dat doet het zeker uaf en deden alle mensen dat nou eens wat meer dan zouden we misschien dit soort dingen niet meer me hoeven te maken.


catlien zoet on February 5, 2009

Amen. En dan zijn er nog mensen die beweren dat het er niet zoveel waren......

Erik van den Ham on February 5, 2009

Het is best moeilijk om toe te geven dat vlak onder het oppervlak van beschaving een beest in ons op de loer ligt. Als dat naar boven komt is het in staat tot de verschrikkelijkste dingen.

Niet eenvoudig om je daar van bewust te zijn en mee te moeten leven.


Art Anderson on February 7, 2009

erik, I didn't know about Camp Westerbork. Thank you for posting a link in your message to DiggyTwigga. I have been to the American Cemetery in Normandy and recently I visited the large Synagogue in Budapest where THIS memorial is located. -Art

Erik van den Ham on July 29, 2009

ArtnSience unfortunately I missed your comment. I will have a look at your memorial picture. Glad to be able to show you this monument.


Nadia Kushnir on November 6, 2009

Thank you, Erik! I do not have suitable words to express my feelings ...

Erik van den Ham on November 16, 2010

So understandable Nadia sorry I missed your kind comment.

Best regards, Erik

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