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February Strike

Another break in my North American series, just like last Monday, but this time because of a little history connected to today’s date. It’s February 25, which in The Netherlands is the day for the annual remembrance of the Februaristaking (February Strike). I took this photo just over a year ago, while I was assisting my colleagues from the History department with an excursion to the Verzetsmuseum (Resistance Museum) and a tour through the former Jewish quarter in Amsterdam.

The Februaristaking was a general strike in the German-occupied Netherlands during the Second World War, which was organised in protest of the treatment and persecution of the Dutch Jews. It started on February 25, 1941 and lasted for three days until it was suppressed by the Nazis. A total of 300,000 people joined the strike, which started in Amsterdam, but soon spread to neighbouring areas and cities.

The sculpture in the foreground is called De Dokwerker (The Dockworker). It commemorates the Februaristaking and was unveiled in 1952. It stands on the square Jonas Daniël Meijerplein in Amsterdam in front of the Portuguese Synagogue, which is here seen in the background. The synagogue was built by Sephardic Jews and completed in 1675

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Exif data:
Make: SONY
Model: DSC-HX400V
Software: PaintShop Pro 16,00
Exposure Time: 1/500 sec
F-Stop: f/3.2
ISO Speed Ratings: 80
Focal Length: 484/100 mm
Date Taken: 2018-02-13 11:06
Metering Mode: Pattern
Flash: Flash did not fire, auto mode
File Size: 2165 kb

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