Written by Arina Khan
Dachau is the place where George Maduro passed away from TBC just before the end of the Second World War. He passed away at a very young age, and they named the Madurodam after him. George Maduro was born in 1916 in Curacao to Jewish parents and he moved to The Hague at a very young age to pursue higher education in Leiden. In 1941, George was picked up by the Germans and he was sent away to many different prisons before he was sent to the concentration camp in Dachau. He died on 8 February 1945. His parents and sister received the information about his passing shortly after he died, and they requested the municipality of The Hague to build a miniature city of the Netherlands called Madurodam as a way to remember George. In memory of George and all the other victims and survivors, we laid a wreath on the monument on the day of his death (8th February).
This trip has been extremely touching and informative. I was able to understand a fraction of the atrocities that took place during the Second World War. After visiting the concentration camp, I realized the importance of bringing young students and adults to concentration camps in remembrance of all the people that had to endure the horrors of the war. Our guide told us about the events that occurred in the concentration camps, including personal stories, which was hard to visualize. The stories that I heard and the images that I saw will be hard to forget and I urge everyone to visit a concentration camp so that you can understand what happened during the war. After all, we don't ever want to forget.