Strike! Strike!

The February Strike of 1941


On 25 February 1941, Europe’s only mass public protest against the persecution of the Jews took place: the February Strike. The people of Amsterdam stopped work in protest at a raid on 427 of their fellow Jewish citizens.

No trams
In solidarity with their fellow citizens, workers at the city docks went on strike and tram workers brought public transport to a halt. Tens of thousands of other people in Amsterdam also joined the strike. Later that day, people in other places outside the city stopped work too.

This strike is remembered each year at the statue called 'De Dokwerker' (the dockworker) on Jonas Daniël Meijerplein in Amsterdam. This commemoration also marks the continuing fight against Fascism and racism.

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