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Farm and facilities

We do our work from a farm in Hooghalen, located in the Northern part of our country, close to the former concentration camp Westerbork. This is a historically burdened place, because it was a deportation camp for Jews during World War II. Thousands of Jews walked by our farm on their way to camp Westerbork between 1942 and 1944. It had been decided that The Netherlands had to get rid of their Jewish civilians. They had to be liquidated.

In the forest behind our farm was a railway track. From 1942 cattle-wagons filled with Jews were transported to extermination camps in the East. Less than 5000 of the 107,000 Jews that were transported through Westerbork survived the extermination camps. It was a camp of false hope, deceit and a portal to death for over a hundred-thousand Jews.

There I will give her back her vineyards, and will make the Valley of Achor[b] a door of hope.
There she will respond[c] as in the days of her youth, as in the day she came up out of Egypt. (Hosea 2:15, NIV)

Farm and facilities

Petach Tikvah started in the farm, the house where family Schaap lives. Although we still gather occasionally in the living room we also have a new building: ‘t Praethuys. An accommodation with many possibilities for our gatherings, meetings, youth-weekends and a nice stay for our guests.

We also allow the accommodation to be used by churches, congregations, companies and private parties. Next to ’t Praethuys we have a camping-site: “Tikvah,” where we have a summer space in the springtime. It can be used for conferences and events.

Visit the website of ‘t Praethuys