Austria President Van der Bellen Opens New Holocaust Museum in Amsterdam

PeoplePoliticians ♦ Published: March 11, 2024; 17:26 ♦ (Vindobona)

The National Holocaust Museum in Amsterdam was opened in a festive ceremony that was overshadowed by protests. Federal President Alexander Van der Bellen, who represented Austria on this occasion, emphasized his country's profound responsibility in the context of the dark chapters of the Holocaust.

Israeli President Yitzchak Herzog, King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands, Austrian First Lady Doris Schmidauer Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen, Queen Máxima of the Netherlands, and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte (fl.t.r.). / Picture: © Österreichische Präsidentschaftskanzlei / Peter Lechner/HBF

In a moving speech at the opening of the new Holocaust Memorial Museum in Amsterdam, Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen emphasized Austria's special responsibility concerning the atrocities of the Second World War. Van der Bellen recalled that it was an Austrian, Arthur Seyß-Inquart, the Nazi governor of the Netherlands at the time, who ordered the deportation of over 100,000…