The intended location of the Memorial of Names has caused quite a stir recently. While debate about a subject of this nature is inevitable, strong emotions are sometimes released when inaccurate assumptions are presented as facts. We are in favour of an open discussion based on correct information, but misunderstandings do not make it easy to debate the merits of Wertheim Park as a suitable location.
That the erection of this memorial will change the park is something about which everybody agrees. The District Committee of the Amsterdam Centrum borough has given serious consideration to the concerns of a number of local residents and called on the municipal executive in City Hall to consult with the residents about the resolution and to take their concerns on board in the decision-making process.
On Wednesday 2 July the Mayor of Amsterdam will therefore meet with local residents. We view this as a good step. We want everybody who joins the discussion to be able to do it on the basis of correct information. However, some of the assertions and claims made, in the media and elsewhere, are based on inaccurate information about the proposed memorial. Therefore, to ensure a fair and proper discussion, we have listed the most commonly heard and read misunderstandings on the page