Save the Jewish Work Village Slootdorp- Netherlands
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On February 23 rd. , 1934, the “Foundation Jewish labor” was established in Amsterdam. It was set up for young German and Austrian Jewish refugees to learn a trade before emigration.
The Work Camp Slootdorp- Nieuwe Sluis was officially opened on October 3, 1934.
The “Werkdorp” ( Work Camp ) was a training facility " Hachshara" for Young Jewish Refugees from Germany and Austria were they learnt craftmanships and agriculture before emigrating to " Palestine". After finishing the 2 year study most of the young people went abroad, but not necessarily to Palestine. Until May 1940 about half of the inhabitants went to Palestine, the other half to other countries.
On March 20 rd. ,1941, the Nazis raided the Werkdorp and took 210 of the 300 students to Amsterdam. About 60 students were allowed to stay behind in Wieringen to close the village.
191 of the young men and women of that group never returned and were murdered mainly in Mauthausen.
A group of 56 young men and women was taken from mauthausen to the Castle of Hartheim in Austria were some of the first experiments were carried out with gas for mass annihilation.names
The site has had several new users and purposes after the war, with amongst them a training center for Dutch farmers, a university branch of the University of Wageningen, a boarding school, and art exhibition. The building was declared a monument ( A Dutch Heritage Site ) several years ago.
In 2009 it was purchased by a Dutch real Estate developer that intends to place 300 work migrants in and around the monumental building.
Just imagine the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam being used in the evenings and weekends by 300 young people that have no place for entertainment and recreation other than the House itself.
The foundation's vision and plans are to turn the monument into a museum, an exhibition location, a cultural centre with art from WW2 artists, a seminar centre for education about the holocaust, a centre for seminars and training on tolerance, and a laboratory for dynamic biological agriculture.
Also it will serve as a centre for culture and education for the local community with facilities for presentations, workshops, trainings, movie screening, and art exhibitions.
The site will be included in tours of the area by bus tour operators that originate from Amsterdam and other major cities.
Jewish and Non-Jewish tourists can visit the site as part of a joint program with the Jewish Museum of Amsterdam.
The foundation was set up by members of the Jewish community from Alkmaar and local neighbours.
Your signature or contribution will help us to acquire the monumental building or rent the building from the owner until sufficient funds will be available to purchase the monument.
Now an official Dutch " ANBI' Culture foundation
Donations are Tax deductible
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