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Plans to sell Nazi camp barbed wire dropped after protests

Wednesday 28 November 2012

The foundation in charge of a former Nazi concentration camp in the Netherlands has scrapped plans to sell pieces of barbed wire dug up at the site following protests from Jewish groups.

The Kamp Amersfoort foundation said the sale of 50 pieces of wire for €10 each would not now go ahead. The sale had been planned to raise money to finance an exhibition of artefacts found at the site.

'It seems we have hurt people and that was not our intention,' director Harry Ruijs told news agency AFP.

Jewish groups had described the planned sale as 'completely tasteless and lacking in respect'.

Up to 40,000 people passed through the camp during World War II, of whom at least half were deported to death camps, AFP said.

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It's just wire!

By S de Haan | 28 November 2012 10:29 AM

It is the correct decision, no one should profit from such things, not even charities with good intentions.

By Geuzen76 | 28 November 2012 10:42 AM

What were the Dutch thinking? That is the stupidest thing I think I have read in ages. Are they surprised they offended people? Unbelievable.

By Laura | 28 November 2012 10:35 PM

@ S de Haan - and was it "just a diary" that Anne Frank was keeping while holed up in two floors of a house in the middle of Amsterdam for 2 years???

It's not for someone like you to say. Obviously, you don't really care. Others, in fact, do.

Tread lightly forevermore. Over 103,000 Dutch Jews were killed by Nazis in prison camps.

By Jimbo | 29 November 2012 8:14 AM

@ S de Haan - and was it "just a diary" that Anne Frank was keeping while holed up in two floors of a house in the middle of Amsterdam for 2 years???

It's not for someone like you to say. Obviously, you don't really care. Others, in fact, do.

Tread lightly forevermore. Over 103,000 Dutch Jews were killed by Nazis in prison camps.

By Jimbo | 29 November 2012 8:14 AM

The sale should go ahead. The money should be transferred to the Dutch holocoust survivers.

By mel | 29 November 2012 10:40 AM

So typical of the Dutch narrow thinking processes. They never seem to take the next step into considering the consequences. Just look at all the recent poorly thought out legislation... implemented and then reversed days and weeks later for lack of understanding the consequences.

By Quince | 29 November 2012 1:30 PM

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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