Update on the Stumbling Stones

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A scenic view of Amsterdam.  February 2017.

If you read my blog, you will remember my post from February 27 of this year.  In it, I told about the stumbling stones in the Netherlands and 17 other countries, which were placed in various locations in remembrance of where Holocaust victims lived.  These metal plaques, approximately 4″ x 4″, are placed along the sidewalk in front of the homes.

Well, I just read that 2 residents sued the city to have the ones removed in front of their homes!  Can you imagine, just these tiny plaques and they go to court to have them removed.

“In their motion, the two residents said they found it too confrontational to have to constantly be reminded, because of the memorial cobblestone, of the deportation and murder of Elte, a 51-year-old accountant who died at a Nazi concentration camp in 1945. They also argued it “compromises the atmosphere” of their upscale neighborhood and their privacy and that of their children because it attracts onlookers.”

The Holocaust in the Netherlands had the highest death rate in nazi-occupied Western Europe.

2 thoughts on “Update on the Stumbling Stones”

  1. Michael Pritchard

    How “inconvenient” for the these modern Dutch people to be reminded the horrors visited upon their former countrymen by the Nazis. Especially in their “upscale” neighborhood! Shame on them and their callous avoidance of the truth that it happened on their very doorstep. I certainly hope that the spirit of anti-Semitism is not resurging in Holland and these individual homeowners are just an ignorant and selfish minority of Dutch people in general. We see anti-Semitism on the rise in these final days, so here is more evidence of people doing Satan’s work. Dutch people: WAKE UP!

    1. While this is just a few people, there is definitely a rise in anti-Semitism around the world, not just the Netherlands. You are right, in these final days it is increasing.

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