Amsterdam’s municipal transport company, GVB, distanced itself from alleged anti-Semitic statements by two tram employees, but said it wanted to hear “the other side.”
GVB learned from media reports that a tram driver and a conductor had been heard making anti-Semitic statements Aug. 6 near the Anne Frank House, an announcement made Wednesday on the company’s website said. Their conversation reportedly was heard on the tram’s intercom system.
A passenger reported to GVB that the tram conductor had said that “the Jews have to make a living somehow” as the vehicle neared the Anne Frank House, the news site of the public broadcaster NOS reported.
The Anne Frank House, the hiding place of the famous teenage Jewish diarist murdered in the Holocaust, is one of Amsterdam’s busiest tourist attractions. In 2011 alone it attracted a record 1,104,233 visitors, according to the website of the Anne Frank Museum, located at the house.