On the 10th of September 2023, mayor Anja Schouten and councillor John van der Rhee, unveiled the Jewish Names Monument at Alkmaar railway station. The monument is in memory of the 173 Jewish people of Alkmaar who were murdered during the Second World War.

The Names Monument stands on the spot where the old subway to the platforms used to run, near the main entrance to the station building. From this spot, on 5 March 1942, the vast majority of the Jewish people of Alkmaar were deported by train. Most of them never returned. This sad event is chronicled in the book “The Persecution of Jewish Alkmaar” by Jan van Baar, published this week. This publication by the Regionaal Archief Alkmaar describes the 173 lives of murdered Jewish fellow townspeople and those who survived the war.

Family members of Eli Prins

Also the names of Eli Prins’ parents Isaak and Rosette and brother Aron are on this monument. Six young people from the Artiance Theatre department read out loud all the 173 names.