Amsterdam ‘Jewish Houses’ project hits home

Millions of tourists have visited the cramped quarters where Anne Frank hid from the Nazis while writing the diary that so powerfully conveyed the horror of the Holocaust.

This week I discovered a link shockingly close to home: It turns out I live in a building − and have lived in the very apartment − where two Jews were deported and later murdered in Auschwitz.

A project called Jewish Houses, part of yesterday’s commemorations of World War II victims, asked Amsterdam residents like me to put up posters marking the 21,662 houses where Jews are known to have lived before the community was systematically killed in Nazi concentration camps.


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