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Boekpresentatie Halte Hausdorff door Trix van Bennekom

Halte Hausdorff is the fascinating story of general practitioner David Hausdorff; a Jewish Rotterdammer who barely survived the Second World War as a person in hiding. Hausdorff was born in 1901 into a prosperous Orthodox Jewish family. During his walks to the synagogue on the Boompjes, young David saw old Rotterdam changing rapidly. Not only did he witness the growth of the port, he also saw how the Zandstraat neighborhood was demolished and the Coolsingel emerged as a city boulevard. In 1930, Hausdorff established himself as a general practitioner and moved into a building on West-Kruiskade, where he would practice until well after the war. During his fascinating life, Hausdorff came into contact with many appealing figures: from local celebrities such as Branco van Dantzig and Rigardus Rijnhout – the 'Giant of Rotterdam' – to infamous Nazis, known after the war as the 'Three of Breda'. The latter crossed his path when, as a doctor, he tried to save as many Jews as possible from deportation. That was all before he went into hiding with his family in 1943. After the war, Hausdorff continued his practice and worked for the reconstruction of the Jewish community. His faith was the only constant factor in his eventful life. Until his death he continued to 'learn', teach and write about Judaism. For his work for the city and the Jewish community, Hausdorff was appointed Knight in the Order of Orange-Nassau in 1978. The title of this biography refers to the tram stop on West-Kruiskade, which was popularly linked to the beloved GP for many years.

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Sun 2 Jun
15:00 - 16:30

Sunday 2 June

15:00 - 16:30
Bookstore Donner -  Coolsingel 129, Centrum
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