On June 20, 1943, a total of 5542 Jews were collected in East and South Amsterdam. The following weeks they were transported to concentration camps in Poland, where many were murdered upon arrival.

The city of Amsterdam decided to commemorate this tragic day by placing a monument that honors the victims. The chosen design is based on a photo taken in Olympia square, by Dutch collaborator Herman Heukels for the weekly newspaper SS Storm. The monument will consist of nine shadows placed where the people in the photo actually walked. This creates the feeling that they are still there and are not forgotten.

‘Shadows’ was conceived by Anne Kleijn, Laura Borgstein and Zara Hoeffelman, former students of the Amsterdam Lyceum under guidance of artist Ram Katzir

Commissioned by the city of Amsterdam

Photo courtesy of NIOD

Official unveiling in April, 2022