Animators working for Walt Disney begin what will become a successful five-week strike for recognition of their union, the Screen Cartoonists’ Guild.
I would like to draw your attention to the only general strike in occupied Europe during the Nazi-occupation, notably in Holland, on 25 en 26 February 1941. This strike was organized by the Dutch Communist Party and occurred in Amsterdam and surrounding. The strike protested the first razzia against Jewish inhabitants of Holland, just a few days earlier. The strike is remembered yearly on 25 Feb in Amsterdam, and in a number of other Dutch cities. The total number of participants of estimated to have been over 150,000 poeple; about 50 people lost thier lives as a result of this strike. The strike laid bare the true intention of the Nazis, and resistance in Holland grew quickly after that. Especially hiding Jews started to grow. Holland is per capita by far the country with the most Yad Vashem-decorations for saving Jews in the world, although about 105,000 of the 160,000 Dutch Jews were murdered by the Nazis. In total, some 5,400 Dutch men and women are decorated by Yad vashem, and decorations are still being awarded almost every month.
Arthur Graaff, journalist, ed-in-chief of Nieuws-WO2.TK
Thank you for writing. I have posted about that on my Tumblr (http://todayinlaborhistory.tumblr.com/search/february+25) Today in Labor History page, but somehow it slipped by being added here.
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