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Antwerp Jews protest relocation of Holocaust memorial to "quieter place"

Belgian Jews have protested the unilateral decision by the city of Antwerp to move its main Holocaust monument from a place where victims were rounded up to another part of the city with less traffic.

The Forum of Jewish Organisations of the Flemish Region came out against the plan in a statement last week. The statement followed reports in the media of the city’s plan to move the monument from Belgiëlei Avenue.

The new location, on the other side of the city’s main park, “is a quieter place,” Paul Cordy, the district mayor, told the Gazet van Antwerpen daily on Tuesday. The annual Holocaust commemoration ceremony that the Jewish community organises near the monument will therefore “have less of an impact on traffic,” said Cordy, adding the new location is also closer to the city’s historic centre.

But the Forum, which was not consulted about the move, said the new location is “inferior” to the current one because it bears no historic connection to the Holocaust, during which German and Belgian officers concentrated thousands of Antwerp Jews at the Belgiëlei location ahead of their shipment to death camps.

“The monument serves as a headstone for thousands of Jews who were deported and killed without even receiving burial,” the Forum wrote in a statement. Moving the monument to a location “without any direct connection to the Holocaust would result in the loss of a historical, emotional and educational dimension.”

The monument was erected at its current location 20 years ago at the request of the Jewish community. Since then, authorities have drastically increased security measures on Jewish institutions and events, including the annual ceremony, following threats and terrorist attacks. Security arrangements connected with the commemoration have resulted in traffic disruptions.

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Thursday, April 13, 2017
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