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  6/18/2014, Sivan 20, 5774

Amsterdam Residents 'Hostile' to Holocaust Monument


Amsterdam officials on Tuesday ordered a reconsideration of a multi-million-dollar Holocaust monument by US architect Daniel Libeskind, after residents complained it would take over their park. The five million euro ($6.8 million) monument is a project of the Dutch Auschwitz Committee that is planned to display the names of 102,000 Jews and 220 members of the Sinti ("Gypsy") community deported to Nazi death camps during World War II.

"The project currently on the table does not fit in with its envisaged surroundings," invited resident Lina van Beest told the Amsterdam Center council before the majority vote requesting further consultations. "It's a good idea in itself, but it makes no sense building it here. The park's just too small," local resident Marja Ham told AFP.