Anne Frank’s family tried to leave for U.S. but their requests were never processed

Anne Frank in 1942

Anne Frank in 1942

AMSTERDAM (JTA) – Contrary to widely held beliefs, Anne Frank and her family were never denied entry visas to the United States, a new study by the museum for the young Holocaust diarist confirmed.

On Friday, the Anne Frank House published its report on the immigration attempts of the Frank family, which included Anne, sister Margot and their parents, Otto and Edith. They were sent to concentration camps and only Otto survived. [Read more…]

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Suspect arrested in vandalism of Amsterdam Jewish cemetery

AMSTERDAM (JTA) – Dutch police say they have apprehended a man accused of drawing swastikas on a wall of the capital’s oldest Jewish cemetery.

The incident happened Saturday in the Zeeburg area of Amsterdam, the AT5 television station reported. Police would not reveal the suspect’s identity or what they say his motives were for painting the Nazi symbol on the external wall of the 300-year-old Zeeburg Jewish Cemetery. [Read more…]

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Dutch Muslim political activist wishes cancer on ‘filthy Jews’ at pro-Israel paper

AMSTERDAM (JTA) – A former staffer at a Muslim political party in the Netherlands sent an email to a newspaper that was attacked this week saying “May you get cancer, you filthy, far-right cancer Jews.”

Hussein Jamakovic, who worked for the Denk Muslim party, which Dutch Jews allege is anti-Semitic, wrote the message to Telegraaf, the country’s largest-circulation daily, as well as three other news organizations. [Read more…]

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Men yell ‘f*** all Jews’ at Dutch rabbi and family

Rabbi Yanki Jacobs speaking at a Christians for Israel event in the Netherlands, 2015. (Screenshot from Youtube)
Rabbi Yanki Jacobs speaking at a Christians for Israel event in the Netherlands, 2015. (Screenshot from Youtube)

Rabbi Yanki Jacobs speaking at a Christians for Israel event in the Netherlands, 2015. (Screenshot from Youtube)

AMSTERDAM (JTA) – The son of a chief rabbi of the Netherlands and his family were accosted on the street by two young men who shouted at them “f*** all Jews” at them.

Rabbi Yanki Jacobs, the son of Rabbi Binyomin Jacobs, made a complaint to police on Sunday about the incident from the previous evening, the AD news website reported. [Read more…]

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Netherlands, Belgium pledge new funds to UN Palestinian relief agency following U.S. cutbacks

AMSTERDAM (JTA) – The Netherlands and Belgium pledged a total of $38 million US for the UN agency that provides aid to Palestinians following U.S. funding cuts of $110 million.

Belgium’s government pledged $23.3 million US in extra funding for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) and the Dutch government said it would fast-track another $15 million US in funding. [Read more…]

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Dutch Holocaust survivor ordered to pay taxes on forced labour pension

AMSTERDAM (JTA) – The Dutch tax authority is seeking payment from an 86-year-old Holocaust survivor for a pension stipend that she is receiving from Germany for her employment as a child in forced labour.

The Tax and Customs Administration demanded in summer that Inge Prenzlau pay a portion of her $156 monthly compensation stipend from Germany even though that country exempts other recipients residing in Germany and beyond from paying taxes on that class of payments, Het Financieele Dagblad last week reported. [Read more…]

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