Amsterdam commemorates Auschwitz

30th January 2011, Comments 0 comments


In Amsterdam this morning, around 1000 people commemorated the liberation of the Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz 66 years ago. They also commemorated the deaths of millions of Jews, Roma, homosexuals and others persecuted by the Nazis during World War II.

A silent march was held from Amsterdam's city hall to the Wertheimpark where Jan Wolkers' mirror monument is located entitled "Auschwitz Never Again". Wreaths were laid and Mayor Eberhard van der Laan gave a speech.

Allied troops liberated Auschwitz on 27 January 1945. The Auschwitz Committee organises the commemoration every year on the nearest Sunday to the anniversary.

Between July 1942 and September 1944 more than 107,000 Jews were deported from the Netherlands and sent to concentration camps. Only 5200 survived.


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