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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


April 21, 2010

Westerbork camp is being rebuilt

Filed under: Holocaust, World War II — Tags: , , , , , , , — furtherglory @ 10:20 am

Westerbork was a transit camp for Jews in the Netherlands; this is the camp where Anne Frank and her family were sent in August 1944 after someone betrayed them to the Gestapo. Over 400,000 people visit the site of the former camp every year, although there is virtually nothing there.  According to recent news reports, the camp is being rebuilt for the benefit of tourists. (more…)