No party in Putten. The village receives the worst news possible this week
on Ascension Day: many of the nearly 600 men carried away are no longer alive. From the pulpit, the minister reads a gruesome list of confirmed victims.
A thanksgiving service in the Portuguese Synagogue in Amsterdam
is also devoted to loss. It is the first time that Jews can publicly see who is still alive. Film footage of the meeting shows happy reunions, but also many people who are lost waiting for people who did not return. Ernst Verduin can
relate how arbitrary that fate can sometimes have been determined: in Camp Vught he had learned how calm resistance can work, so in Auschwitz he resolutely changed rows at selection.
The service in the synagogue would have been reenacted this year, but that was canceled due to the corona crisis. The synagogue did, however, present part of the speeches of the time.