Dutch Holocaust monument to bear names of 102,000 victims

AMSTERDAM Wed Mar 26, 2014 11:41am EDT

A visitor looks at the pages of Anne Frank's other diaries on display in the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam April 28, 2010. REUTERS/Cris Toala Olivares

A visitor looks at the pages of Anne Frank's other diaries on display in the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam April 28, 2010.

Credit: Reuters/Cris Toala Olivares

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - A Holocaust monument will be erected in the Dutch capital next year naming 102,000 victims of the Nazi occupation, giving long overdue recognition to those deported to death camps, campaigners said on Wednesday.

The "Holocaust Names Monument", the first of its kind in the Netherlands, will be designed by Jewish American architect Daniel Libeskind. It is to be completed in 2015, 70 years after the end of World War Two, authorities in the city, home of Anne Frank's house, said in a statement.

"In percentage terms, The Netherlands had the highest deportation rate in Western Europe, but there is no such monument here to honor their memory," said Jacques Grishaver, chairman of the Dutch Auschwitz Committee.

"Their names had vanished into thin air. Now the family members of the victims will have a place to go and a name on a plaque to touch."

Like similar monuments in other European cities, the Dutch memorial will list the full names of all 102,000 Jews, Roma and Sinti who were deported from the Netherlands to Nazi concentration and death camps, the committee said.

Among those deported from the Netherlands was Anne Frank, a Jewish teenager who hid in an Amsterdam canal house until being deported with her family.

The monument will cost roughly 5 million euros ($6.9 million), which the committee hopes to pay for with donations from private individuals, corporations, foundations and governments.

($1 = 0.7258 Euros)

(Reporting By Anthony Deutsch; Editing by Robin Pomeroy)

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Comments (3)
rolfkitty wrote:
please check your sources. there are plans to errect such a monument next to the auschwitz monument in amsterdam, but the opposition against this plan is enormous.
not mainly against the idea of a monument but against the location. the majority of dutch jews wish, if at all, such a monument at the hollandsche schouwburg, the location where the jews gathered before deportation. that place is an existing place of remembrance. all family names of murdered jews are engraved on a glass wall there.

the new initiative would contain all individual names. as said above: there is quite some opposition against the (location of the) plan and the megalomanic idea of it (the costs of €5 mln and libeskind as architect) .

Mar 26, 2014 12:24pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
NACpress wrote:
@rolfkitty While there has been discussion in the past eight years on the need for a Dutch Holocaust Memorial of Names as well as on the intended site, it should be noted that we now liaise closely with Hollandse Schouwburg and other parties involved. We think it is time to erect a monument with the full names of all Dutch Holocaust victims. Such a memorial is invaluable for surviving relatives. After all, they cannot visit a grave to remember their loved ones. In addition a memorial with 102.000 names of murdered individuals warns future generations for the terrible consequences of racism and discrimination. We are confident that Daniel Libeskind will present us with the right design to serve both purposes.
Jacques Grishaver
Chairman Dutch Auschwitz Committee

Mar 27, 2014 12:17pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
jackyrightous wrote:
This great plan was at first suppurted by mr. Kat/Kitty; I know that he signed in for this plan, approving the plan….
The problem is, that now the monument will be built, this guy, Mr. Kat is not involved, so he will not be important, and mr. Kat wants to be very, very, important…
He seems to feel that he, mr Kat, is more important than the remembrance of all our ancestors. Even managemnt of ‘the Hollandsche Schouwburg’approves the Wertheim Park as location for the monument… Mr. Kat is making himself ridiculous and is giving the wrong signals to those who would like to support the fundraising for the monument. What a shame!

Mar 27, 2014 2:11pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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