Lecture Daniel Libeskind and Floris Alkemade

National Holocaust Monument


De Balie

To celebrate the completion of the National Holocaust Memorial in the Weesperplantsoen in Amsterdam, Arcam and Atelier Rijksbouwmeester are organising a lecture with architect Daniel Libeskind, followed by a discussion with Libeskind and Floris Alkemade in De Balie on 18 September 2021 at 15.00.

Tickets to watch the livestream are available now!
Tickets to attend the lecture live at De Balie are sold out.

The national monument is located in the heart of the Jewish Quarter in Weesperplantsoen. A labyrinth of corridors of two-metre high brick walls contain 102,000 stones with the names of all the Dutch victims of the Holocaust. These brick walls bear four mirrored stainless steel Hebrew letters, which together mean ‘in memoriam’. For the elaboration of the design, Libeskind worked together with Johan van Lierop and Rijnboutt architectural firm.

In December 2017, the Polish-Jewish architect Libeskind presented the design for the monument together with the Dutch Auschwitz Committee, after which Arcam organised a sold-out lecture in collaboration with the Dutch Auschwitz Committee in De Duif in February 2018. Now the Holocaust Names Memorial is nearing completion.

The unveiling will take place Sunday afternoon 19 September in private, but can be followed in full via a live broadcast by the NOS.



14.30 Walk-in at De Balie

15.00 Welcome by Indira van ‘t Klooster (director Arcam)

15.05 Introduction Floris Alkemade (former Chief Government Architect, advisor to the Auschwitz Committee) about the importance of this monument

15.15 The Holocaust Namenmonument in (architectural) historical perspective by Wim de Wagt (author of the publication ‘500 metres of names – the Holocaust and the pain and the memory’)

15.25 Lecture by Daniel Libeskind (architect) about the making of the Namenmonument, how it was designed, intended and realised

15.45 Q&A with Judith Silversmit (Chef PS and PS van de Week, Het Parool) on the importance of the Namenmonument in remembering for future generations

15.50 Discussion with Floris Alkemade, Daniel Libeskind, Wim de Wagt and Judith Zilversmit, led by Indira van ‘t Klooster

16.45 Closure with Jacques Grishaver (Chairman of the Dutch Auschwitz Committee and commissioner of the Holocaust Monument)

17.00 End

Language: English

Tickets for the live event at De Balie: € 20
Tickets to attend this afternoon’s live event are limited due to covid restrictions.
De Balie will take the prescribed precautions to ensure your visit is as safe and enjoyable as possible.

Tickets Livestream: € 5
No seat in the auditorium? Watch the lecture online live when it happens.
To make the organisation and production of the lecture possible, and to contribute to the continuation of the programming of Arcam in times of Corona, we ask for a small amount for watching the livestream. You will receive the password for the livestream one day before the lecture.

After some time we will make the livestream on our Youtube channel accessible for everyone.

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