Monument to the Jewish people of Winterswijk, at Mevrouw Kuipers-Rietbergplein

From Aalten, Bert S drove to the north-east along the N318 for about 20 minutes to Winterswijk, a town with a population of about 30,000. Here we visited a monument, unveiled in 2002, to the memory of the Jewish people of Winterswijk.

The memorial is on Mevrouw Kuipers-Rietbergplein immediately behind Heilige Jacobuskerk Winterswijk (St Jacob’s Church Winterswijk). The physical closeness of this memorial to Winterswijk’s Catholic Church befits my father, who was raised among Dutch Jewish families and survived WW2 through protection by a Catholic priest. As an adult, my father enthusiastically embraced the Catholic faith.

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