Karel Pekelharing stone. Photo: DutchNews.nl
Nine Jewish gay and lesbian resistance figurines are to be given their own “Stolperstein” or commemorative street tiles in front of their last known address.
The golden Stolperstein is literally a “stumbling stone” (to draw attention), bearing the names, dates and locations of deaths of those who were transferred to the camp during World War II. There are about 8,500 stones throughout the Netherlands.
The organization for gay and transgender COCs and historian Judith Schiff is behind an initiative that is consistent with the pride celebrations currently taking place in the Dutch capital.
It told broadcaster NOS that they were “the first people to be persecuted about what they did and what they were: Jews, resistance fighters, and gays.”
Schuyf said it was time to recognize the fact that one of the reasons these people were killed was their sexual orientation. “These people have nothing left other than their names, death dates, and arrest dates. It’s very tragic,” she told the broadcaster.
It is not clear how many Dutch lbtqi people were killed by the Nazis. “A lot of information has disappeared,” Schuyf said. “But something is known about a group of gays arrested in Amsterdam and taken to Westerbork in the summer of 1942. From there they were taken to camp.”
The nine people given the stone were all parties of the artist’s resistance movement.
Their number includes ballet dancer and choreographer Karel Pekerharing, who participated in sabotage activities and wrote for illegal media outlets. He was arrested on June 6 and executed four days later in the dunes of Ofelfen. His stone in front of the Rombout Hogerbeetsstraat was the first to be placed on Tuesday.
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Cobblestone stones honor WWII gay and lesbian resistance fighters
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