PROCEDURE of SEARCHING NAMES
HOW THE PROCEDURE OF SEARCHING PERSONS, THEIR NAMES AND THE SURVIVING RELATIVES IS REALIZED
In order to realize this Commemorative stones project we have had to perform the neccessary work. First of all we had to make a list of the jewish population in Alkmaar, accurately and precisely check out who were murdered, where, when, the dates and data.
We need permission from the City Council, because we are placing the stones on a public street. Looking for still alive family members is quite a job, sometimes we can also find peolpe who once knew the murdered jews.
Likewise the people presently living in the houses where the stones are being placed are invited for the ceremony. Occasionally a house is rebuilt or even gone, which doesn`t make the task easier. Finally we have the names in sequence and it forms a foot path, a remembrance route so that these names will never be forgotten. The educational target speakes for itself.
In april 2015 we discovered some Jewish inhabitants from Den Helder have been dwelling in Alkmaar but were not officially registrated. They were evacuated out of Den Helder because of the building of the so called Atlantic Wall along the Dutch coast. They also had to leave Alkmaar in March 1942 to go to camp Westerbork. In the story of fam. Bing (see page 1e STEENLEGGING) can be read about this.
The Names: we used various sources in gathering the origin of the names of the jewish victims.
Although it sounds strange we also made use of the registration which the German occupier compiled. Hereafter Dutch municipality are very handy. Last but really not least the book 'Kaddish for Jewish Alkmaar' (Kaddisj voor Joods Alkmaar) - written by the late Reverend J.D. Kila - was extraordinary helpful.
A double check was made with: Transit camp Westerbork, the Digital Monument Jewish Community in The Netherlands and The Jewish Council Amsterdam (which functioned during the war).
In Israel we had a very valuable contact in Max van Dam.
In Alkmaar we have a great help in the Regional Archive and the Alkmaar Historic Association.
Besides we do a lot of research ourselves.
To the above mentioned authorities we are very grateful.