Amsterdam residents demand removal of plaque honoring Holocaust victim

A plaque in Amsterdam honoring holocaust victim Joachim Elte has been removed after residents complained [Bart de Groot via twitter]
A plaque in Amsterdam honoring Holocaust victim Joachim Elte has been dislodged and relocated after two residents complained, Haaretz reported Monday.

Speaking to the daily newspaper Het Parool Friday, Amsterdam southern district director Sebastiaan Capel said the postcard-sized bronze plaque had been moved “as far away as possible from the door” after the residents threatened to sue.

Elte, a 51-year-old accountant, died in a Nazi concentration camp in 1945. Not much is known of Elte, whom the Dutch website Joods Monument describes simply as “a son of Hijman Levie Elte and Saartje Salomon Beek. He married in 1925 in Leeuwarden.”

Nevertheless, the reminder of his deportation and death was deemed sufficiently upsetting by the two anonymous residents to demand the plaque’s immediate removal.  According to Haaretz, the two complained that the plaque “compromises the atmosphere” of their neighborhood, and disturbs their privacy by attracting unwanted onlookers.  

The plaque is one of 400 memorial cobblestones in Amsterdam placed in front of the former homes of victims of the Holocaust. The commemoration project, initiated by a German artist in 1996, has resulted in 50,000 memorial cobblestones throughout Europe.

 Similar complaints regarding the memorials have been lodged in the past, including one complaint by a Holocaust survivor who said the plaque evoked unpleasant memories, and hotel owners who claimed the plaque was bad for business. 


04/03/2017 5:33 PM by Menachem Rephun

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