There are many places where the victims of World War II are remembered, but a memorial listing the names of all Holocaust victims in one place does not yet exist. Such a memorial is invaluable for surviving relatives. After all, they cannot visit a grave to remember their loved ones.
In addition, the Holocaust Memorial of Names serves an educational purpose. A memorial that lists more than 102,000 names confronts current and future generations with the incredible scale of the destruction of millions of lives in Europe. In that way, the memorial also warns future generations for the terrible consequences of racism and discrimination.
The site of the Memorial of Names is in Weesperstraat in Amsterdam. This site is located in the former Jewish neighbourhood. It is surrounded by memorial sites, such as the Hollandsche Schouwburg, the Jewish Historical Museum, the Portuguese Synagogue, the Resistance Museum and the Mirror Memorial in the Wertheimpark.
The names of all Dutch victims of the Holocaust will appear on the memorial, including those who died in or on their way to concentration and extermination camps. This concerns over 102,000 Dutch Jews and 220 Sinti and Roma.
The Memorial of Names will be the first and only memorial that lists all Dutch victims of the Holocaust by their first and last names, date of birth and age at time of death. It is thus a memorial where victims can be commemorated both individually and collectively. The memorial finally offers many surviving relatives a place where they can remember their loved ones. In addition, the memorial serves an educational purpose. No other memorial in the Netherlands can convey the incredible scale of the destruction as clearly as a memorial that lists the names of more than 102,000 individual victims.
The aim of the Dutch Auschwitz Committee is not just to commemorate the victims of Auschwitz. In broader terms, the Committee aims to honour all victims of the Holocaust and to prevent a recurrence of the horrors of World War II. The Memorial of Names serves both these purposes. The memorial raises awareness among current and future generations about what happened during World War II.
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