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Don’t forget the Dutch ‘non-Jewish’ victims and survivors of the Holocaust

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Today, was a beautiful and impressive inauguration of a first beautiful national Holocaust monument in its Capital of Amsterdam. Among others, the PM and mayor spoke. The king was present, gave no speech, but spoke with survivors for all of us to hear. A memorial—better late than never.

The monument, as the speakers remarked, honors the Dutch 102,000 Jewish and 220 Roma and Sinti victims. It gives permeance to the names of the murdered who never received a grave. It also screams out: how was this possible. And it is a warning against again looking away from bigotry.

Permit me to highlight something that seems to be overlooked in this.

In the heading of this blog post, it says ‘non-Jewish’ between quotation marks because there is nothing non-Jewish about them. I’ll explain.

Before WWII, many Dutch Jews, especially in the working class in the........

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