On May 1, 2016, the cemetery hosted one of the ten Open Jewish Homes in The Hague-lectures.
Mr. Hans van Herwaarde spoke about Salomon (Sally) Hakker, who worked as a cemetery-gardener and lived in the gatekeepers dwelling in 1943. Hakker was taken from his home in that year by the local police because he was a Jew. After a period of forced labor in Vught, Brabant, The Netherlands, Hakker transported to Sobibor were he was murdered.
Approximately 90 visitors attended the lectures and thereafter were guided to, among others, the gravestone of someone who was secretly buried on the cemetery during the German occupation in WW II and the gravestones of David Simons (law professor who was in charge of the Dutch Constitution Review of 1983) and his first wife Ida Simons – Rosenheimer (concert pianist and novelist). Mr. and Mrs. Simons and their six year old son were deported from their home in the Johan van Oldenbarneveltlaan in The Hague and incarcerated by the Germans in Barneveld and Westerbork (The Netherlands) and Theresienstadt.
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