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On Sunday afternoon 19 September 2021, His Majesty the King, together with Jacques Grishaver, chairman of the Dutch Auschwitz Committee, will unveil the new Holocaust Names Memorial in Amsterdam.
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More than 75 years after World War II, a memorial dedicated to the over 102,000 Dutch victims of the Holocaust without a grave will finally be unveiled in the Netherlands. Designed by the Polish-American architect Daniël Libeskind, the memorial is located on Weesperstraat in Amsterdam. During a private ceremony on 19 September in the nearby courtyard garden of the Protestant Deaconry, Prime Minister Mark Rutte and City Mayor Femke Halsema will be among those to address a limited gathering of invited guests.
King Willem-Alexander, together with Jacques Grishaver, will then unveil the memorial in the presence of a number of survivors and descendants. The event will be broadcast live by the NOS on NPO 1 television. The transmission starts at 13:30 and lasts until around 15:15.
The official programme starts at 14:00. Jeroen Krabbé will serve as master of ceremonies. After a recital of the Kaddish and Yizkor prayers, the opening will take place. His Majesty will then talk with a number of survivors in the memorial.
Arrival of His Majesty the King
Start of programme
‘Names’, music composed by Maarten Peters for piano and string quartet. Metropole Orchestra string quartet: Jasper van Rosmalen [1st violin], Merel Jonker [2nd violin], Mieke Honingh [viola], Emile Visser [cello], accompanied by Co Vergouwen [piano]
Word of welcome Jeroen Krabbé, painter, actor and survivor
Address Jacques Grishaver, chairman of the Netherlands Auschwitz Committee, survivor and initiator
Music ‘Zoveel’. Maarten Peters wrote this piece to stress that each and every name is that of a unique individual. Young, old, father, mother, grandmother, grandfather, brother, sister, cousin, friend... Maarten Peters [vocals], Co Vergouwen [piano], Christan Grotenbreg [accordion]
Address Mark Rutte, Prime Minister of the Netherlands
Music ‘Nocturne No. 20 in C minor’, piano composition by Frédéric Chopin, used in the film ‘The Pianist’ about the ghetto in Warsaw. Iris Hond [piano]
Address Femke Halsema, Mayor of Amsterdam
Music ‘Mare Mensche’. Composition by Zigeunerorkest Brandt
Address Daniel Libeskind, architect of the National Holocaust Names Memorial
Music ‘Schindler’s List’, violin composition by John Williams. Theme music from the film by Steven Spielberg. Simone Lamsma [violin], Thomas Beijer [piano]
Prayer Recital of Kaddish & Yizkor prayers. Rabbi Abraham Rosenberg
Unveiling His Majesty the King and the chairman of the Netherlands Auschwitz Committee will enter the memorial together to place a stone in the presence of a number of survivors. The other invited guests then have an opportunity to view the memorial.
Music ‘Names’. Maarten Peters [guitar], Co Vergouwen [piano], Christan Grotenbreg [accordion and soprano saxophone]
From today, press representatives can register to attend the unveiling. Owing to the corona measures, however, limited space is available for the press. Registration remains open up to and including 7 September via this link.
The National Holocaust Names Memorial is a tangible memorial where 102,000 Jews and 220 Sinti and Roma can be remembered both individually and collectively. This is the first memorial in the Netherlands that lists each individual Dutch victim of the Holocaust by name.
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