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Press release from the Residents Initiative Nieuwe Uilenburgerstraat 'Plan Waterloo'

Subject: Cultural historical photos in public space of the street Nieuwe Uilenburgerstraat in Amsterdam



The Residents Initiative is pleased to inform you about the exhibition of cultural historical photos in the Nieuwe Uilenburgerstraat at the 'Nuon'-square number 27.

The exhibition:
After completion of the renovation of the square in the summer of 2009, the Residents Initiative in October 2009 developed the plan to exhibit historical photos in public space of the Nieuwe Uilenburgerstraat.

In the City Archives we found documentary photos in black and white of the Jewish market in the Nieuwe Uilenburgerstraat, which in 1935 had been taken by the Jewish Austrian born photographer Wolf Suschitzky. . Mr. Suschitzky, now 98 years, is delighted that the inhabitants of the Nieuwe Uilenburgerstraat realised the exhibition of his photos into public space where they had been taken 75 years ago.

After eight months of preparation on June 28, 2010 three photos of Wolf Suschitsky where placed in large format on canvas in steel frames at the facade of the building from Alliander (formerly Nuon) right infront of the square in the Nieuwe Uilenburgerstraat. The sizes: 3.43 x 2.75 meters (2x) and 1.70 x 2.75 meters (1x).

In addition, on the wall next to the facade of Alliander, on July 13, 2010 a plate with information about the photo exhibition was placed.
On this plate, the three pictures of Wolf Suschitsky are engraved, along with one photo from the City Archives from 1943, showing a virtually empty Nieuwe Uilenburgerstraat with the ghetto signs 'Jewish district / Judenviertel'.

The exhibition aims to residents, the neighborhood and especially tourists to celebrate the cultural history of the area and at the same time wants to draw attention to the historical facts by the plate.

The photo project has been funded by the Community Centre 'The Old City' and the Amsterdam Fund for the Arts.
The project of the Residents Initiative is legally represented by Foundation JAM.

The intention is to place also other cultural historical photos in rotation. The plate will remain a permanent part of the exhibition.