‘Sinterklaas’ roundup

A major roundup (razzia) took place in Haarlem on 6 December 1944. On this particular morning, the day after Sinterklaas, all men between the ages of 17 and 40 were to report for the Arbeidseinsatz (forced labour) in Germany.

On the plaque, you will read the names Rees, Bienen and Praest. These are:

  1. German factories
  2. German education camps
  3. German concentration camps
  4. German families

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A major roundup (razzia) took place in Haarlem on 6 December 1944. On this particular morning, the day after Sinterklaas, all men between the ages of 17 and 40 were to report for the Arbeidseinsatz (forced labour). Those who tried to flee would be shot dead. About 2,000 men were deported to concentration camps in Germany and set to work in the war industry. A plaque in memory of this day was placed on the wall in Haarlem Central Station near the stairs to platform one.