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Conversion of Ancient Dutch Synagogue into Concert Hall Planned

The Netherlands Government is planning to convert the medieval Sephardic synagogue in this city, which has been standing unused since the Nazi occupation, into a concert hall, it was learned today.

The authorities have approached the Sephardic community for permission to use the building, which is currently listed as a state monument. The synagogue has not been used since the liberation because the Nazi destruction of Dutch Jewry has left a greatly decreased community.

In Amsterdam, meanwhile, the authorities have come up with a plan to build a highway across the site of an ancient Jewish cemetery which lies on the eastern outskirts of the municipal cemetery. The Jewish cemetery has not been used for some 50 years and recently the government obtained title to the land from the Ashkenazi community.