Call for support
A few years ago, I was curious about the Jewish past of the village where I live in the Netherlands. I entered "Ouderkerk" on the Yad Vashem database website, clicked on search and to my great surprise there appeared a number of names on my screen.
I decided to investigate further and this eventually led to my own website (www.familiewalg.nl).
I hope to regularly add something about the Walg family on this site; a family that was almost completely wiped out during the second world war. Of the more than 30 people I investigate, only 6 survived its horrors.
In the future I hope to give lectures and write a book about this family.
Now that the generation of eyewitnesses to the Holocaust is gradually disappearing, it is up to the next generations to keep the memory of the Holocaust victims alive and to preserve their history. I see remembrance as a profound duty.
Why do I need fundraising?
I want to continue my research, but unfortunately I am chronically ill.
In 2002 I had spinal reconstructive surgery. Shortly after, my lungs shrivelled and I ended up on life-support and in a medically-induced coma. The result: for almost 20 years I have been suffering from severe nerve pains and extreme tiredness. Residual effects that severely limit my daily activities.
So I live a sort of reversed life. On average I can only be active for approximately 8 hours a day, in which I have to do everything: from showering, chores, volunteer work to social contacts and sports. It is difficult for me to examine documents in the archives because I have to rest in between and can only sit for 2.5 hours max.
One solution for me would be to order archive records online, so that I can examine them and post the information on my site while lying down. But this poses an unsurmountable financial burden. I would greatly appreciate help with that.
Not only would you support my research, but you will also contribute to my spiritual well-being.
When you are chronically ill and always in pain and your plans for the future plans are falling apart, it gets difficult to remain positive.
This project helps me keep negative thoughts and depression at bay. It makes me feel useful and gives me the hope that I can still make a contribution to society despite my limitations.
Thank you very much in advance for your donation and your interest in my project.
For more information, please visit my website (www.familiewalg.nl)
The funds that will be left over after the project will be invested in the application of "Stolpersteinen" or the adoption of commemorative stones in the "Holocaust name monument" that is being built in Amsterdam.
On my website there will be a page on which all document purchases will be registered. This way everyone can follow the money.