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Onderaan in de rubriek "Verhalen" en bij het overzicht "Interessante websites" is informatie opgenomen over de Duitse UNESCO Archieven in Bad Arolsen, waar nog veel documenten en bezittingen zijn gearchiveerd van slachtoffers uit Duitse concentratiekampen. 

Overzicht kampenWij werden daarop geattendeerd door dhr Teun van Nee uit Drenthe, die al verschillende nabestaanden had kunnen helpen om informatie, documenten of zelfs bezittingen terug te vinden. Daarbij merkte hij, dat er weinig bekendheid bestaat over die archieven en bood hij aan als vrijwilliger te helpen bij het zoeken:

". . . Inmiddels info over sjoa-drenthe op de site gelezen, welke me zeer aansprak.  Enige Joodse vrienden heb ik o.a. in de loop der tijd dankbaar gelukkig kunnen maken door voor hen het verborgen verleden van familieleden vanuit hun woonplaats via Westerbork tot hun gruwelijk einde goed gedocumenteerd te mogen openbaren. Bovendien is het soms mogelijk om persoonlijke bezittingen  van hen die in kampen verbleven welke door de westelijke geallieerden werden bevrijd ( o.a. Dachau, Neungamme. Gestapo Hamburg )  als kostbare kleinoden aan nabestaanden terug te kunnen geven.

Wanneer u daarin geïnteresseerd bent raden wij u aan eerst die website te bezoeken en kunt u dat aan ons kenbaar maken via het contactformulier van onze site, waarna wij u met hem in contact brengen (deze wat ingewikkelde verbinding uit privacy overwegingen). Dergelijke assistentie doet hij belangeloos. Voor een evt bezoek aan Arolsen declareert hij echter wel reiskosten van € 200,- + 1 of mogelijk 2 hotelovernachtingen

Als daarbij benodigde gegevens valt bijvoorbeeld te denken aan:

- het soort plekken waarover mogelijk informatie gevonden zou kunnen worden en evt adressen van dergelijke lokaties
- gegevens als aanknopingspunt om te kunnen zoeken (naam, adres, geboortedatum van de gezochte persoon, relatie van de gezochte tot de vrager en/of situatie waarom men zoekt, contactgegevens van de vrager (adres, mail, telefoon), e.d.

chanoekia klnVlak voor Sinterklaas avond kreeg ik een mailtje van iemand, die niet wist of ze met haar verhaal bij ons terecht kon, omdat dat wat lastig in een mail was over te brengen en met telefoonnummer en de vraag of ik even wilde bellen:


Weet eerlijk gezegd niet of ik naar u toe moet mailen maar zou graag iets willen vertellen.

Misschien dat iemand contact met mij op kan nemen?? Ik heb een chanoekia helaas ontbreken 2 onderdelen.
Het is van koper best wel groot en zwaar..

Het verhaal hier omtrent zou ik graag per telefoon willen vertellen”

Hierna volgt het aandoenlijke verhaal.

Schroom dus niet om contact met ons op te nemen via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. wanneer hierover aanknopingspunten in uw herinnering boven komen.

Also without the passing away of Jan Ridderbos the vulnearbility of our small team was already a point of attention, for instance to secure the continuity of our project Sjoa Drenthe when one of us would not be available anymore. This just became more urgent due to his sudden passing away. Considering how many visitors, not only from The Netherlands, but litterally from all over the world are visiting our website each day and every now and then ask questions, it would be sad when the website would need to be stopped and all the collected material would disappear then.

Because of that I give a brief impression of how our team could be strengthened.
Basically the website has meanwhile been established, and now we depend in particular on stories or other content that people are providing us. But we are ourselves also alert on possibilities to acquire content, for instance by expanding our network for that.
As reagrds new activities we are considering whether we might also start to develop educational activities.
The required time for this work is limited: each of us works from his home, where Winnie van Hasselt in Zuidhorn maintains our genealogical data and I as webmaster in Vught run the website, which means regularly taking care of the updates for the joomla site and the included HuMo-gen persons database. For the website Yossi Beck in Israël is the expert for the HuMo-gen software, while he also assists me (with my rather limited IT knowledge) in a wider respect with IT problems. We are used to meeting each other about three times a year. I also frequently make backups and answer the very limited mails from visitors to the site.

For someone who might consider to join us in particular interest in and affinity with what happened during the holocaust is important, while we consider it also useful when he or she would be able to maintain the website (which concerns taking care of software updates and making backups) when I wouldn't be available anymore as webmaster, where Yossi can assist at the background.

Contacting us (most likely to get first some more information) is possible with the button "Involvement as Volunteer?" under the menu button "Projectinfo".

Jan RidderbosThe start of the project Sjoa Drenthe originates from the earlier study by Jan Ridderbos on the Jewish Cemetary of Assen. I placed that study at that time as webmaster of the site of the Drentse Historische Vereniging after meeting him again 40 years after our common study period. On that occasion he already remarked that we might consider a genealogical project like that about the Jewish inhabitants during the 2nd World War for whole the Province of Drenthe. And that caused the start of this project in 2016, in which Jan with his historical knowledge of Jewish Drenthe played a key role.

One year ago his already vulnerable health condition was aggravated by an unsuccessful operation, which caused him
much pain and in the months afterwards bothersome inconvenience and moreover various other upcoming ailments. Due to that his health declined ever more, which absorbed him more and more and influenced his hope for recovery. Totally unexpected he passed away - after being hospitalised for a pneumonia - on March 7th.

This week we buried Jan with an overwhelming attendance from the Jacobskerk in Rolde at the Natuurbegraafplaats Hillig Meer. We will enormously miss him with his extensive contacts in the field of Jewish Drenthe.

It is a sad coincodence that I would place an appeal after our recent team meeting to strengthen our project team in view of continuity on longer term, as we are not the youngest anymore. So we would very much
appreciate to get in touch with someone interested in history, genealogy, and the Jewish community in order to join our team.
After seeing that our website is visited from all parts of the world (USA, Australia, Israel, Ireland, Germany, England, Ukraine, Russia, Belgium, South America, Canada, Italy, Denmark, Indonesia, and Poland to name some) we felt a bit ashamed that only the HuMo-gen persons search part is available in many languages, but the other pages of the website only in Dutch.

So we started also to translate the other webpages, and today - by the end of June 2017 - we launch also an English version of this website to serve our visitors from abroad.

That is to say, just the webpages under the buttons of the menu bar, but not (yet) the stories under that particular menu button. Partly, because not all of these stories are suitable to translate, and moreover, we need more time to also add translations for those stories. In due time, however, we hope to mae progress there too. Down the pages, to the right you see the Language Switcher, where you may choose for the one or the other version by clicking on the Dutch or the English flag.

That is to say, just the webpages under the buttons of the menu bar, but not (yet) the stories under that menu button. Partly, because not all of these are suitable to translate, and moreover, we need more time to also add also translations for those stories. In due time, however, we hope to make progress there too.

In the slideshow on the Homepage of our website the below picture of a star of David was included (with permission by the source from where we got it by the way). We replaced it, however, by another picture when an organisation "Permission Machine" from Belgium (how could you imagine such name) claimed on behalf of the ANP (General Netherlands Press Agency), that we owed them € 185,50 for licence registration for it.

Our project doesn't even have a bank account, since we pay all costs ourselves. I then immediately replaced that picture by a message explaining that the ANP claims such an amount. I let the ANP know our amazement about such claim for a picture with a public character like that on this subject with the annotation that it made me recall how the Municipality of Amsterdam treated the returned survivors from the concentration camps with a bill for "overdue" Real Estate Tax. They recently apologised for that by the way. We are looking forward to the ANP's reaction.

On our request at Herinnerings Centrum Westerbork to help us with replacing footage we received a sober picture of a real used star of David, which I could combine with a "licence free" picture of Uncle Simon van Hasselt of our Winnie van Hasselt with his little daughter/her niece Fietje at the Vismarkt of Groningen, just a father walking there with his daughter, both with such a star.

That is the background of this adjustment in the pictures of the slideshow, for which we like to thank C
amp Westerbork for their immediate assistance

The ANP reacted with apologises, that this never should have happened and that they meanwhile also had informed that claim organisation never to ask us for a license fee for this picture. The ANP had contracted this organisation in order to check whether all their pictures were illegally used whithout having realised this type of situations. We definitely have their permission to use the photograph concerned, even though we found meanwhile another solution.


Up till now you could choose from the following 3 trees/databases when searching for persons, namely:
1. the main database 'MISJPOGE-DRENTHE'
2. the database 'Zaligman-Dwinger', and
3. the database 'COHEN'

After a long process of combining and removing doubles finally the first two trees were combined, which means that in the future the choice still only concerns:
- the main database 'MISJPOGE-DRENTHE', and
- the separate database for 'COHEN'

After the recent publicity concerning the wedding movie of Mimi Dwinger and Barend Boers that was discovered in a suitcase at an attic in Leeuwarden this story was added to the series of stories on this site.

We asked your cooperation to vote for our website , which was launched on internet by the end of Aplil past year at the start of the project Sjoa Drenthe and since then attracted many visitors from The Netherlands and abroad (like for instance USA, Canada, Germany, Belgium, England, France, Italy, Poland, Ukraïne, Israël, Australia, Indonesia, South America, etc).

So, what happened?
In the framework of the biennial History Online Award we also applied with our website as one of the 163 applications (see the overview on
That award for "the most innovative, startling or most beautiful Dutch historical website or app" was created "in order to promote and award online history". More information can be found at that website.

The jury of the History Online Award was chaired by the historian Ad van Liempt. They first nominated 20 out of all 163 applications, from which they eventually selected the 3 winners for the Jury Award.
The jury not only looked at the operational quality, but also at surprising and inherent creative ideas.

In addition to that there was the History Online Public Award which is concerned here.
To that end you could vote from January 9 to February 9 2017 for the historical website or app you most liked.

The final outcome
First of all we thank everyone, who voted for our website for theis support. Even though we didn't win any one of both awards, it has anyway contributed to the acquaintance of the project Sjoa Drenthe.

The Jury Award went to Odilia's dagboek, the website, which reached the 24st position in terms of number of votes.
The 2nd and 3rd award of the jury were respectively for Wat staat daar | Online oefentool voor het lezen van oude handschriften and Monumenten spreken, a website that just like ours aims to give regional insight in war victims, in this case for the Zaan region.
At the presentation of the awards I also had contact with the people behind 'Monumenten spreken', because they also aimed for a regional approach, an exeption among the many websites, paying attention to war victims. Within that same context also Joods Monument Zaanstreek needs to be mentioned. 
See also an extensive coverage of the awards presentation on February 16th, 2017 in the Koninklijke Bibliotheek in The Hague.

The Public Award went with 2.189 votes to Oud Winterswijk, while our website reached the 23st position
with your 231 votes.
See the ranking of all websites in the overall ranking of all votes.

Apart from your contribution to the acuaintance we were quite impressed by the many praising reactions of the voters. Here an overview of those (unfortunately Dutch) reactions.

Start of the project on April 25, 2016 with presenting the book "De Drentse Sjoa, Joodse oorlogsslachtoffers in de Provincie Drenthe" by Winnie van Hasselt to the Commissaris van de Koning in Drenthe, mr Jacques Tichelaar. At the background Jan Ridderbos.

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