REDEVELOPMENT Eva Cohen-Hartogkade
On Friday 30 July, the annual commemoration will take place at the 'Wall' of Loods 24 and the Jewish Children's Monument on the Eva Cohen-Hartogkade on the Stieltjesstraat in Rotterdam. The redesign of the quay, designed by Diana Santa Cruz Schaack, is also presented here. Within this plan, artist Martine Herman has integrated the stones of the artwork Levenslicht, made by Daan Roosegaarde. Commissioned by Loods 24 and the Municipality of Rotterdam, BKOR supervised the integration of the stones in the landscape design.
The memorial begins at 12:45 PM. The Mayor of Rotterdam, Mr. Ahmed Aboutaleb, the chairman of Stichting Loods 24 and Jewish Children's Monument, Mr. Theo Schut, Arie de Bruin, pedagogue and educationist, Rabbi Yehuda Vorst and Rabbi Albert Ringer will speak here.
From Loods 24, the deportations of Jewish Rotterdammers and Jews from the South Holland islands started on 30 July 1942. The 'Wall' is a part of the wall that stood around the site in which Loods 24 was located. The Jewish Children's Monument lists all 686 names of Rotterdam Jewish children up to the age of 12 who were deported and murdered.
In addition to commemorating the victims, the memorial is also a place for the 144 people who have returned and raised families. The monument thus shows not only the destruction, but also the resilience of people and the eventual growth.
light of life
The Holocaust Memorial Levenslicht, in collaboration with the National Committee for 4 and 5 May, will commemorate the 2020 Dutch Holocaust victims in 104.000 with 104.000 specially developed luminescent stones. The Jewish custom is to place stones instead of flowers to honor the deceased. Artist Daan Roosegaarde and his team of designers have used this as a source of inspiration for Levenslicht. By using invisible ultraviolet light, the specially developed stones with fluorescent pigments can light up every few seconds. The artwork Levenslicht was exhibited in Rotterdam and illuminated the banks of the Maas. After that, the stones of Levenslicht were shared with more than 170 municipalities with a Holocaust history in the Netherlands. Loods 24 then took the stones back to Rotterdam, where artist Martine Herman will integrate them in a monumental way in the greening of the Eva Cohen-Hartogkade. Completion is expected in 2022.
Publication date: 20 / 07 / 2021