Marathon Dutch reading for Auschwitz

24th January 2005, Comments 0 comments

24 January 2005, AMSTERDAM — To mark the 60th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp, the names and ages of all 102,000 Dutch Jews who died in German concentration camps during World War II are being read aloud.

24 January 2005

AMSTERDAM — To mark the 60th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp, the names and ages of all 102,000 Dutch Jews who died in German concentration camps during World War II are being read aloud.

The ceremony will take 112 hours and has been organised by the Dutch Auschwitz Committee and the Camp Westerbork Remembrance Centre. The reading of the Amsterdam victims of the Holocaust started in the Hollandsche Schouwburg in Amsterdam on Saturday night before moving to the Verzetsmuseum (Resistance Museum)

The reading will continue uninterrupted, day and night, until 11am on Thursday 27 January, the date on which Auschwitz was liberated in 1945. The date is also used to honour the 6 million people killed during the Holocaust, news agency ANP reported.

The reading will be moved to the location of the former Dutch transfer camp Westerbork on Monday night. The names of all Dutch Jews born outside of Amsterdam and who died during WWII will be read out there, as will the names of 215 Sinti and Roma victims.

Education State Secretary Clemence Ross and Fia Polak, who was freed from Auschwitz as a young girl, will read the last names out. Singer Maarten Peters will conclude the ceremony with a special composition called "Namen" (Names).

Some 700 people will read the names out, including many camp survivors and those who went into hiding during the war. Surviving relatives, former neighbours, school students, politicians, government representatives and personnel from the Israeli embassy will also read the names out.

[Copyright Expatica News 2005]

Subject: Dutch news

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