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April 2, 2017

Amsterdam residents demand removal of Holocaust plaques

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 1:39 pm

You can read about it in the news:

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AMSTERDAM — City workers dislodged and relocated a postcard-sized memorial plaque from the entrance to the former home in Amsterdam of a Holocaust victim following complaints by residents.

The plaque — a brass cobblestone bearing the name of Joachim Elte that in 2014 was embedded into the sidewalk of 3 Nicolass Maes Street — was moved to a location “as far away as possible from the door” of the two residents, who have recently sued the city to have the plaque removed altogether, Sebastiaan Capel, the mayor of Amsterdam’s South district told Het Parool daily on Friday.

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What a revolting development this is!

Amsterdam was one of the first places, to which I traveled, when I started touring Europe in 1998. You can see my photos of Amsterdam on my website at

My photo of the Anne Frank house in Amsterdam

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The two residents, who were not named, recently filed with a preliminary relief judge a motion for an injunction ordering the memorial cobblestone’s removal because Capel has ignored their demands that it be removed from anywhere in front of their residence, the daily reported.

In their motion, the two residents said they found it too confrontational to have to constantly be reminded, because of the memorial cobblestone, of the deportation and murder of Elte, a 51-year-old accountant who died at a Nazi concentration camp in 1945. They also argued it “compromises the atmosphere” of their upscale neighborhood and their privacy and that of their children because it attracts onlookers.

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I am very much against “stumbling stones” to honor every Jew that was killed in the Holocaust. How many innocent people have been injured by stumbling over one of these stones.

My photo of canal houses in Amsterdam

My photo of a windmill in Amsterdam



  1. Comment by hermie — April 3, 2017 @ 7:41 am

  2. So funny. I am not from Amsterdam so I was surprised when I stumbled over a stone and friends would invariable say : must be a jew burried there. When asked they said: his nose is sticking out.

    The couple that complained, by the way, have withdrawn their complaint. They had recently lost a child and could not bear the attention

    Comment by Dr Kim — April 3, 2017 @ 4:44 am

  3. City workers dislodged and relocated a postcard-sized memorial plaque

    A rather surprising outcome — both generally, ie given politics-as-usual re the ‘Holocaust’ in Europe, also because ‘Holocaust denial’ is nominally punishable in the Netherlands.

    Comment by eah — April 3, 2017 @ 1:34 am

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