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The Bells of the Westertoren

The Bells of the Westertoren

No matter where I wander in the city I love most in the world, I can hear the bells of the Westertoren—a melodious constant in the cacophony of a buzzing European capital. From Amsterdam’s tallest church steeple, the bells have marked time since the 17th century, when Holland’s Dutch East India Company transformed the tiny Lowland country that seduced me centuries later into a world trading hub.
 
Long after the Golden Age ended but a decade before I was born, I imagine my late father may have heard the Westertoren bells when he served in the US Army during World War II. His personal battles during that conflict included slugging an officer who called him a “dirty Jew,” an incident that froze his military status and kept him from rising through the ranks. He passed his pride of our family’s religious heritage on to me, feeding my interest in Holocaust lore, including the work of the teen who became the world’s most famous diarist.
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