RT: 75 yrs ago today, Dutch union workers went on strike against the Nazis

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Published time: 25 Feb, 2016 10:21 Edited time: 25 Feb, 2016 10:53

A Dutch Nazi and two 'kraut girls' being detained by Dutch Resistance members, according to the archivist. © van de Poll, Willem / gahetna.nl

Seventy-five years ago, a group of workers in Amsterdam and other parts of Holland went on strike to protest the persecution of the Jews.

The 1941 strike is commemorated every year on February 25.

A special ceremony will take place Thursday at the Dokwerker statue in Amsterdam, in what was once the Jewish quarter. The theme this year is “Put yourself in their shoes”.

In the weeks leading up to the strike, a member of the WA, a group affiliated with the Dutch Nazi party NSB, was killed in a fight between his group and both Jewish and non-Jewish Amsterdammers who were standing up for those targeted by the Nazis.

Later that month, German police raided a Jewish ice cream shop and were attacked with ammonia gas.

On February 22 and 23, 425 Jewish males were rounded up and deported to concentration camps.

The illegal Dutch communist party, CPN, distributed a flyer calling for strikes “to show solidarity with the Jewish part of our society which has been hit so hard”.

On the day of the strike, 300,000 people took to the streets, leaving their jobs, schools, and homes to protest against the Germans.

The next day, more joined the strike. The Germans retaliated, leading to clashes that killed nine.

Following the strikes, the city’s mayor was forced to step down and civil servants lost their jobs. Some were arrested and the city was forced to pay a fine.

Days later, a young member of the CPN was caught putting up posters for another strike and was executed.

Three other members of the party and 15 members of the Geuzen resistance movement were executed at a later date.

The poem, Het lied der achttien dooden, (The Song of the 18 Dead) was written by resistance fighter Jan Campert to commemorate them. Campert died in a concentration camp two years later.

Jonas Daniel Meyerplein, the square where the ceremony takes place, marks the spot Jewish men were rounded up before the strike. The name was changed to Houtmarkt in 1942 when the Nazis purged the city of Jewish street names, but its original name was later restored.

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One Response to RT: 75 yrs ago today, Dutch union workers went on strike against the Nazis

  1. lecox says:

    Here is an excellent example of how silly this whole thing gets.
    The casualties in these clashes were very real, though nothing compared to the war itself. So I imagine many felt that they should stand up for what they believed and participate in the conflict.
    But these days we are told that all these different groups were created as part of an overall plan to weaken the West and install certain interests in a “new home” in Palestine.
    The people involved on the streets most likely had no idea about any of that. They saw a totalitarian group beating up on a minority group and the communists/unionists in protest. Some felt it was their moral duty to pick sides, while others stood back hoping they wouldn’t be pulled into the crossfire.
    Well, was it really worth it standing up and taking a stand against the Nazis? If you did, you became friends with another group supposedly created and financed to further the same plan the Nazis were created and financed to further. So it looks as if all these players were just unknowing pawns in some bigger game. By that token, weren’t the people who backed away from it really the wisest? It’s actually kind of hard for me to tell.
    What didn’t happen at all during those years was any significant exposure of the larger game. That’s happening a bit now, but not with any real competence. So my sense is that we are still being used as pawns. I am inclined to pull back from all of it and disengage. Why not put my energy into creating a game of my own choosing?

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