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Amsterdam Plans to Demolish Ancient Jewish Section of City

Modern-day bulldozers and steamrollers may soon demolish much of an ancient quarter of this city which dates back nearly three centuries and where until seventy-five years ago practically the entire Jewish population of Amsterdam lived, if plans proposed by the city fathers are approved.

In its place will rise a new, replanned community. But in the midst of the projected 20th century surroundings the house where the great artist Rembrandt lived and painted will remain untouched. Although city officials have agreed to preserve the Rembrandt house, there has been no decision on the preservation of two early 18th century synagogues whose future has been a bone of contention between the city and the Jewish community for many years.