In The Beginning
On 10 April 1874, a nice spring day, Eduard Walg and Klaartje Blok said their I do’s in Ouderkerk a/d IJssel. This was the start of the Walg familie. Soon after the I do’s came seven children in rapid succession. They too started families in due time, so that the Walg family had grown to over 35 members by 1940. Then came the war….
By 1945 the Walg family had been decimated. Only a few survived the five horrid years of Nazi occupation. The only thing that remained of the others were their names. These names are written on large paper roles and in the 102.000 Names, among the names of all the other Holocaust victims in the Netherlands. Anonymous names. But all these names represent entire lives. Lives full of love, work, hobbies. A life full of stories.
This website gives me the chance to tell the stories and reconstruct the lives of the Walg family. I do so on the basis I found in the archives. Who were they? What did they do day to day? And what happened to them during this horrible war?
Currently this website is not yet filled, because I am starting my research. Step by step the Walg family will step out of their anonymity. Their stories will reveal how normal, yet how special the Walg family was. A middle-class Dutch family like thousands of others. With one difference. The Walg family was Jewish. And this sealed their fate…