On his first day of work at the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam, an employee was told he was not allowed to wear a kippah, the Daily Mail reported.
Barry Vingerling, a twenty-five year old Orthodox Jew, was told by his bosses that wearing the kippah while working “might endanger the neutrality of the foundation which runs the museum and ‘influence its work combating antisemitism,” and that employees were banned from wearing any kind of Jewish symbol.
The museum told Vingerling that he could apply for special permission to wear the kippah. In the meantime, he would be given permission to cover his head with a baseball cap with the logo of the Anne Frank House.
“I work in the house of Anne Frank, who had to hide because of her identity. In that same house I should hide my identity?” Vingerling said.
Following six months of debates, the Anne Frank Foundation decided that Vingerling could wear a kippah to work.
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