Why don’t we do Holocaust Remembrance Day in the Netherlands?

The date for Holocaust Remembrance Day was chosen for a reason: on February 27, 1945, the Russian Red Army liberated the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp, where more than a million people, mainly Jews, were killed. Remembrance Day has become a household name in various UN member states, particularly the United Kingdom and the United States.

Traditionally, all kinds of commemorations were held in the Netherlands on and around February 27, but it never became a national day of remembrance. How meaningful would that be? Emily Schrijver, director of the Jewish Historical Quarterly, is skeptical. We already have the annual Holocaust Remembrance on the last Sunday of February in Amsterdam’s Wertheim Park, May 4 of course Remembrance Day, the Open Jewish Homes Initiative and the Theater na de Dame. The Netherlands is more crowded Stolberstein, there is an online Jewish memorial and countless local memorials where students can play a role. The Holocaust must be given a solid place in education.

Edo Verdoner, the first national coordinator of anti-Semitism, agrees. “Every student should visit a historical site. For example, at the National Holocaust Names Memorial in Amsterdam, this is very instructive. Also, commemoration for him is not dependent on a date, it is ‘perhaps more, throughout the year’. So Verdonner unveiled plans to expand the memorial last year.

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