Donnerstag, 22. Februar 2018

Anniversary of Amsterdam February 1941 Strike

The famous February strike of ’41 was the only major protest in solidarity with Jews in Europe during the Nazi era and has since been a symbol of resistance.
On February 25th 1941 workers in Amsterdam went on a two-day General Strike against the Nazi persecution of Jews.
Although the role of the Dutch Communist Party is downplayed in official commemorations, its role was instrumental. Taking their lead from the strike in the metal industry weeks earlier (which successfully blocked the deportation of metal workers to German factories), the communists called out and organized for a general strike on February 24 in the hope that this would show the German occupier that persecution of Jews would be too costly in the Netherlands and would work against their local allies (the NSB). Read more:

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