Amsterdam is making ten million euros available as compensation for the leasehold tax charged to Jewish war victims after returning from the camps or coming out of hiding. Mayor Eberhard van der Laan said on Sunday 15 May that the city executive will propose this to the city council. The money can be spent on projects or programmes such as the National Holocaust Museum and the Holocaust Memorial of Names.
The Dutch Auschwitz Committee is delighted with this commitment, which brings the realization of the Holocaust Memorial of Names a step closer. At last a memorial to the over 102,000 victims of the Holocaust!
The memorial will bear the names of Dutch Holocaust victims who do not have a grave of their own. These are the names of all Jews, Sinti and Roma who were picked up and deported from the Netherlands, and Dutch Jews deported from other countries, who were killed in Nazi concentration and extermination camps, as well as those who died of starvation or exhaustion while being transported or on death marches and who have no known grave. This will give the Netherlands a long-awaited and tangible memorial where 102,000 Jews and 220 Sinti and Roma can be commemorated both individually and collectively.