A Dutch museum wants to stop a planned memorial for victims of the Holocaust.
The Dutch Railway Museum in Utrecht is looking to block the erection of a statue near its location, which will honor the memory of the city’s 1,224 Jews sent to death camps in World War II.
The museum’s director, Paul Vlijmen, said he believed his center has already paid homage enough through a plaque and an exhibit on the subject, according to Dutch news site DeStadUtrecht.nl.
The Jewish community in Utrecht wants the statue placed near the museum, which is built in an old train station from which Jewish victims were deported.
The city currently has no monument to those victims, and last week a group applied for the permit to build the statue, which will cost more than $200,000.
“People said that the city already has a monument for those who fell during the war. I think, however, that this time we will succeed,” said Maarten van Ditmarsch, a spokesperson for the Jewish community in Utrecht. He added that museum officials have stonewalled previous attempts to build a memorial.
The planned statue was designed by artist Amiran Djnashvili, with two components: a steel wall engraved with the names of victims, and an oversized shofar.