It blew my mind when I fully understood how they took history in consideration when they were making plans to develop Kop van Zuid.
Harbor activities moved westwards and the marshalling yards were still in use, when I pioneeringly bought a house in 1993 in the area known as the first part of Kop van Zuid, around Entrepot-harbor.
In 1993 – 2002, housing was built on the second pier, Landtong & Stadstuinen, by KCAP architects among others.
For more than 20 years I’d pass Plein Loods 24 – a holocaust monument. When Spotter Davy wrote about the ‘Joods Kinder Monument’ at Stieltjesstraat, I realized that we have two monuments.
A short walking distance from Stieltjesstraat, you’ll find Plein Loods 24, an open memorial square between 2 blocks of houses with a rising lawn and stone bench to sit and reflect. This open space was the location of a warehouse from which, between 1942 – 1943, 6790 Jewish people were deported to Westerbork. In 1999, a light monument with 5 masts, and 6 years later a memorial wall with a plaque, both at Levie Vorstkade, were placed there.
I’m grateful how respectfully the history was taken into account when the area was designed. Jewish street names Levie_Vorstkade, Erik_Kropstraat, Louis_Pregerkade and Helmersstraat mark Plein Loods 24.
To me, this open space is a peaceful place. A look through from Laan op Zuid to Entrepothaven and vice versa, make it the visual heart of this part of Kop van Zuid.
I often stop at Plein Loods 24 and Jewish Children’s Monument to take a moment of silence to commemorate those we lost.