For six months, Barry Vingerling, a 25-year-old employee at Amsterdam’s Anne Frank House, had to wait for permission from the museum to wear a yarmulke during working hours, Holland’s Het Nieuw Israelitisch Weekblad (NIW) reported.
“I have been suffering from it for months, but this is a fundamental moral issue for me,” he told the paper, adding, “I work in the house of Anne Frank, who had to go into hiding because of her identity. In that same house should I hide my identity?”
The museum told him that its policy was not to show any beliefs in the workplace when coming into contact with the public. Rabbi Menno ten Brink, member of the Council of Supervision of the Anne Frank House, told him that “wearing a cap was at least a halachic solution.”
Once the NIW paper questioned the museum about its yarmulke policy, the foundation held a meeting that was to have been delayed until May and decided that Vingerling could wear his yarmulke after all.
NIW also reported that Israelis visiting the center noticed that while most audio tours were indicated with national flags, the Hebrew audio tour was indicated in Hebrew letters and no flag. The museum recently placed a Hebrew flag sticker over the letters and blamed the initial discrimination on an external company.