On March 17, 1943, the Jews in Leiden who did not go into hiding were forcefully taken from their homes. Two hundred and seventy of them later died in concentration camps.
This tragic event has never been forgotten by the city, and it inspired many memorials. One of the more striking memorials is comprised of six stone suitcases placed near significant buildings. The suitcases, which were designed and made by Dutch/Israeli artist Ram Katzir in 2010, symbolize the one suitcase that each victim was allowed to carry.
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