Names Instead of Numbers
Dutch political prisoners in the Dachau Concentration Camp
Invitation for the opening of the special exhibition on the 27th of April at 15,00
From 1941 to 1945 more than two thousand prisoners from the Netherlands were imprisoned in the Dachau concentration camp . Like all the other inmates on arrival, they received a number. Their names did not matter anymore. Through personal stories and authentic objects the exhibition shows, the secret survival strategies invented by the prisoners: Jaap van Mesdag made music, Pim Reijntjes carved a chessboard in the lid of a wooden box, the sculptor Frits van Hall made small reliefs, Lies Bueninck- Hendrikse exhibited jewelry from stolen materials and Willemijn Petroff-van Gurp made a song and psalm book of waste paper.
The exhibition was prepared by the Resistance Museum Amsterdam. For the presentation in the Concentration Camp Memorial Dachau the Dutch and English texts are supplemented with German texts.
Friday, April 27, 2018, 15 clock
in the special exhibition room of the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site.
Dr. Gabriele Hammermann
Head of the Dachau concentration camp memorial
General Consul of the Netherlands
Representative of the city of Munich
History memory book project and exhibition "Names instead of numbers"
Liesbeth van der Horst
Head of the Resistance Museum Amsterdam
Followed by guided tours of the exhibition
Karen Tessel Curator of the exhibition "Political Prisoners from the Netherlands in the Dachau Concentration Camp"
Dr. des. Jascha März scientific trainee at the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site