News of: Friday, February 25 2005,

February strike Amsterdam of 1941 commemorated

Today there was the traditional commemoration of the February strike in Amsterdam, that took place in 1941 in occupied Amsterdam.

The February strike was started by train workers, on February 25 1941, as a protest against the arrest of Jewish citizens by the Nazis. It was the first act of resistence against the Germans, after the surrender of Holland.

Like every year, there was a march that ended at the statue of the Dokwerker ('Dock worker'), located on the Jonas DaniŽl Meijerplein, next to the Portuguese Synagogue.

A speech was held by the mayor and flower wreaths were laid.

More about the history of the strike is here.