Preparing to meet Chaja and begin our time in the Netherlands: Some things to consider

Chaja Verveer  (posted by M.L. Webeck, 3/19/11)

Hi good people,

It is going to be such an honor to accompany you in the Netherlands and share with you my family’s story. You will also meet some people who were part of our history. There is so much to tell and discuss. Maybe we can begin our discussions around the following themes and then take it from there.


Why do you think that the story of the Holocaust in the Netherlands (beyond Anne Frank) is relatively unknown?

Why do you think that there is such a positive image of the Netherlands in WWII, despite all the facts and figures?

Did you realize what an impact the failure of Operation Market Garden had on the Dutch in general and on the Jewish population?

In the first years of the occupation the populations (including the Jews) collaborated with the German occupiers to a high degree. Why do you think that was?

Can we relate to the attitude and policies of the government towards Jews returning to Holland after the war?



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2 Responses to Preparing to meet Chaja and begin our time in the Netherlands: Some things to consider

  1. Eileen Weisman says:

    Eileen Weisman

    To all my friends on partaking in this amazing educational experience…..

    For us, back home, your posting have been so passionate and powerful. Our minds are working in sync with yours, asking the same questions, searching for answers only because you have been able to phrase them in such a provocative way.

    We hope you will consider a de-briefing session upon your return for those of us who could not join you on the trip. This would provide us with more insight into your group discussions, your “take-aways” from this experience and would provide us another first-hand interpretation of life after the Nazi regime.

    Chaja, your questions, in particular, feeds me interest to the point of being hungry for the answers. Would you consider presenting an entire session based on your questions? They not only address “how could this happen” but also, leads us to the biggest question: what about now? Relevancy makes our Museum the outstanding educational center we all know and love. Taking the lessons from history and illustrating how we can learn from even the worst experiences will keep us on the map.

    Thank you all for committing to this tour. You are all in great hands with Mary Lee, Suzanne and now Chaja! Enjoy this life-changing experience. ew

  2. Thanks, Chaja, for “jump-starting” our considerations about Holland. We can’t wait to see you tomorrow morning (or tonight if you are up when we arrive)!

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