Next to the Reformed Church at the Ganzenmarkt is a small square called the Bergplein with a WWII monument that reads:
TER HERINNERING AAN
VIJF JAREN OORLOG
LEED EN VERDRUKKING
five years of war
arm and suppression)
At the Kloosterstraat there are 2 plaques and a stone placed in the wall to commemmorate the Jewish synagoge that was located here from 1843 till 1936 and the Jewish inhabitants that were deported in WWII.
The synagoge was rebuild after a fire in 1859.
The text on the big stone (former entrance gablestone of the building):
IN HET JAAR 5603 (1843)
PSALM 100, VERS 4.
The text on the deportation plaque:
Op 30 maart 1943 werden onderstaande joodse inwoners vanuit Ootmarsum naar kamp Westerbork gevoerd.
Vandaar gingen ze op transport naar Auschwitz.
Niemand keerde terug.
Jeanette Sanders (69)
Bertha Eichenwald (63)
Jenny Roozendaal (34)
Nathan Dusseldorp (38)
Beatrice de Jong (34)
Abraham Dusseldorp (11)
John Dusseldorp (7)
Maurits ten Brink (71)
Frederike ten Brink (36)
The text on the lower plaque:
Van 1843-1936 stond op deze plek een synagoge.
Deze gevelsteen zat boven de ingang.
Tekst op de steen: In het jaar 5603 (1843)
Psalm 100; vers 4
Each year at Easter in Ootmarsum the traditional vlöggelen by the poaskearls takes place.
It all starts at the friday before Easter, when 2 new bachelors join the six remaining poaskearls.
On saturday the poaskearls take a ride with carriages to collect wood for the Easter bonfire.
On Easter sunday there are a lot of activities. The first one starts at 8AM and it involves singing traditional songs. The 8 poaskearls make several rounds through town this day. The day ends after 8PM at the Easter bonfire.
Easter monday is a repeat of the previous day with this difference that there is no bonfire; only the ashes are inspected.
Favorite thing: The oldest Ootmarsum buildings have a German style of building: Wooden framework filled in with bricks.
Favorite thing: In Ootmarsum you can find several waterwells. They are not in use anymore, but it's nice to see them around.
Favorite thing: In the Twente area the midwinterhoorn is still made and used. In the past farmers used it to signal, but this instrument now only is used just before Christmas at mid-winter.
Favorite thing: Ootmarsum is known as Siepelstad (Onion town). In the Middle Ages the farmers from this area sold this popular vegetable on markets in the surrounding towns.