News item | 25-08-2021 | 11:18
King Willem-Alexander visited the National Holocaust Memorial of Names in Amsterdam on Sunday afternoon, September 19. The monument is available to the more than 102,000 Dutch Jews, Sinti and Roma who died during the Second World War. Prime Minister Rutte gives a speech. State Secretary Blokhuis of Health, Welfare and Sport will also be present.
The memorial is an initiative of the Dutch Auschwitz and consists of more than 102,000 forms of the name, date of birth and age of the Dutch Holocaust Victims Committee are engraved. Between 1940 and from the Netherlands, or as Dutch Jews, Sinti and Roma living abroad, these people were persecuted and deported, murdered in Nazi concentration and extermination camps from starvation and exhaustion during transports and death marches. The monument, designed by architect Daniel Libeskind, includes four Hebrew letters that form the meaning of the word ‘in memoriam’ when viewed from the air.
The meeting starts with speeches by chairman Jacques Grishaver of the Dutch Auschwitz Committee, the prime minister, the mayor of Amsterdam and the architect. There is also music, prayer and a minute of silence. The King then, together with Mr Grishaver, opens the Monument of Names by placing a stone near the declaration wall, according to Jewish custom. The King and the Prime Minister have talks with Holocaust survivors and relatives.
During the unveiling, the general guidelines for combating the coronavirus are observed.