Place a Stone

Participatory memorial in Amsterdam

A new memorial on the Dam Square in Amsterdam for the victims who perished during the fatal shootout in the same location on May 7th, 1945, two days after the German capitulation in the Netherlands.

The memorial is co-created by thousands of visitors to placeastone.nl. Each participant is invited to place his/her stone in order to help write the names of thirty-one victims.

Names in progress, December 2015

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Placeastone.nl will continue until February 7th, 2016. After that date the co-created typographical outcome will be chiseled in a 31 large slabs of granite and placed in the ground.

The memorial will be unveiled on the Dam Square on May 7th, 2016.

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Impression of the street
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Impression detail

May 7th, 1945

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May 7th, Amsterdam, photo: Wil F. Leijns
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Location, Dam Square Amsterdam

On May 7th, two days after Germany’s capitulation in the Netherlands, at least 31 people perished on the Dam square during a shootout between German soldiers and members of the Dutch Forces of the Interior. It was the last major massacre on Dutch soil. For many years the number of victims was unclear and their identity largely unknown.

For several years now Foundation Memorial 2015 for Dam Victims May 7 1945 researched this incident and succeeded in recovering the names of the victims.
The foundation also takes action to ensure the realisation of a memorial with all the names of those who perished as a result of the shootout.

Credits

  • Concept, Design and Development
    Moniker
  • Curator and Project Advisor
    Ronald van Tienhoven
  • Commissined by
    Foundation Memorial 2015 for Dam Victims May 7 1945