Shalom Life | July 04, 2014

Complaints Put Holocaust Monument’s Construction on Hold

Locals in Amsterdam do not believe the memorial should be placed in Wertheim Park

By: Caitlin Marceau

Published: June 18th, 2014 in News » World

Complaints Put Holocaust Monument’s Construction on Hold

Plans to build a Holocaust monument in Amsterdam is facing strong opposition from locals. The monument, which will cost $6.8 million to build and would be roughly 1,000 square meters in size, is facing resistance from locals who believe the piece has no place in Amsterdam’s Wertheim Park. They believe the monument, which would have the names of 102,000 Jewish and 220 names of Sinti victims deported to Nazi death camps etched into it, would overtake their 7,500 square meter park.

As reported by IsraelNationalNews.com, resident Marja Ham explained that, "it's a good idea in itself, but it makes no sense building it here. The park's just too small.” The piece, designed by architect Daniel Libeskind who designed the Freedom Tower in New York city, would join the park with an already erected monument dedicated to the victims of Auschwitz.

Linda van Beest, another resident near the park said, “the project currently on the table does not fit in with its envisaged surroundings.”

As explained by IsraelNationalNews.com, the city council told residents of the monuments construction back in March but had not consulted the residents. For this reason, a vote pausing the project until more research and consultation has passed in Amsterdam. While residents don’t object to the building of this monument, they feel the construction of it would be better suited for another area and not the small park.

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