Dutch Rail launches anti-racism campaign

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19 September 2005, AMSTERDAM — Dutch national rail company NS is to hang posters in 66 of its stations as a reminder its trains were used to deport Jews to Nazi death camps during the Second World War.

19 September 2005

AMSTERDAM — Dutch national rail company NS is to hang posters in 66 of its stations as a reminder its trains were used to deport Jews to Nazi death camps during the Second World War.

Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS) has never before openly apologised for its role in the deportations.

The company will no longer avoid taking responsibility for its actions and is therefore running an anti-racism campaign with the Jewish umbrella organisation CJO, NS said on Monday.

"Our role will be made clear with this campaign," the spokesperson said.

The campaign features two Dutch-language posters. One asks: "Previously the train to Auschwitz left from here. When will the world become wiser?" 

The second poster reads: "Toen moesten de Joden oprotten, wie nu..." This translates as: "Then the Jews had to go. Who is next..." Oprotten can also be translated as piss off, sod off or fuck off.

Over 100,000 Jews were taken from the Netherlands and sent to concentration camps. The last big deportation of Jews took place at the end of September 1943.

The anti-racism campaign begins at Amsterdam Muiderpoort on 29 September, the 62nd anniversary of the transportation of 11,000 Jews from the station. 

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]

Subject: Dutch news

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