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The past as inspiration for the future. Six Fingers questions the norm and value of memories and remembering and tries to give them new forms and meaning.

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1 January 2023

National Committee of the 4th and 5th May

How will we commemorate World War II on May 4th and 5th in the future?

What does the future of May 4th and 5th look like? How can we ensure that remembering remains valuable for everyone in the Netherlands? And how can we ensure that the lessons of the past will stay on the radar in the future? Big questions without easy answers.

Peace and freedom are an obviousness to the Dutch. But peace is a shared project to which everyone can and must contribute.

You would think that we are still aware of the atrocities of World War II. However, that is not the case. Research from 2023 shows that 23 percent of young people born since 1980 doubt the persecution of Jews during World War II. It also appears that a third to more than half of them know little about the genocide. Alarming, but also a fact. What are we doing wrong as a society when history fades from memory?

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1 January 2023



Six Fingers faces an important challenge with the Oorlogsgravenstichting (War Graves Foundation). How can the role of the foundation remain future-proof? How can we ensure that commemoration remains valuable for everyone in the Netherlands? We focus on the impact of war and what it means to live together in peace. After all, it doesn’t just happen: peace requires hard work. What can we do to preserve peace? For instance, our behaviour, our upbringing or our political choice has a lot of influence. No matter how small our role in our current society may sometimes seem. Peace is a common project, to which everyone contributes. The graves maintained by the Oorlogsgravenstichting and the stories it collects are a warning to our generation. For if we neglect peace, war dead are the price we pay.