The first copy of the book ‘Books on the Binnenhof’ by historian and journalist Ewoud Sanders was presented to chairman Jan Anthonie Bruijn of the Senate today, during the European Day of Jewish Culture.
The Stichting Joods Erfgoed Den Haag is going to publish a series of books about the prominent role that Jews played and play in the Hague community. ‘Books on the Binnenhof’ is the first edition and is about the two Jewish families who had a book stall on the Binnenhof between 1840 and 1936.
The presentation took place in the Glass Hall next to the synagogue of the Liberal Jewish Community on the Prinsessegracht in The Hague. “With this publication, Ewoud Sanders has rescued two colorful families from oblivion,” Bruijn said in his speech. “I’m grateful to him for that.”
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Vincent van Gogh
Second-hand books have been sold on the Binnenhof since the sixteenth century. First in the Ridderzaal, later outside under the arched gallery. Since the first half of the nineteenth century, the galleries have been the exclusive domain of Jewish sellers of second-hand books and magazines.
The Garnade family stood with a book stall on the side of the Council of State meeting room and the Blok family with a stall on the side of the Senate. These booksellers were special people who received attention not only from journalists and politicians, but also from the painter Vincent van Gogh, who portrayed Jozef Blok.
Photo: Jan Anthonie Bruijn (Twitter)