Celebrate freedom, commemorate the victims
The Second World War has left deep marks in The Hague. The Jewish population was deported. The city was bombed, houses were demolished and in the last year of the war the city fell completely into disrepair. Before the war there was a large Jewish community of around 17,000 Jews in The Hague. More than 14,000 of them were deported. About 10,700 Jews from The Hague, including 1,700 children, were murdered in concentration camps.
Every year the National Committee 4 and 5 May chooses a theme that runs through the activities on 4 and 5 May as a common thread. In its own activities and those of local committees, relevant organizations and schools and as input for deepening at the festivals and in debate centers. The annual theme inspires to link commemoration and celebration to each other and to link historical events with current events worldwide. Organizers and speakers use the annual theme as inspiration for their presentations and activities.
2019: Choose freely
This year we celebrate that universal suffrage has existed for exactly one hundred years. We are aware of the struggle that has been waged for it, especially by workers and women. And we know the values that lie behind it: equal treatment regardless of gender, origin or religion, freedom of expression, independent justice and respect for minorities.
Being able to choose freely encourages you to think independently and to keep yourself well informed as an individual. It requires and encourages involvement.