Dutch Railways to examine compensation for Holocaust victims, descendants

AMSTERDAM (JTA) – The Netherlands’ national rail company said it would set up a commission of inquiry to see whether it should compensate Holocaust victims for its role in the Holocaust.

Dutch Railways announced its plan Tuesday in a statement that said it “during World War II operated trains in service of the occupation” by Nazi Germany and that this is “a black page in the history of our country and our company.” [Read more…]

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43% of Dutch Jews say they hide their ethnic identity

AMSTERDAM (JTA) – Nearly half of 557 respondents in a survey of Dutch Jews said they were afraid of identifying as such.

Of the respondents, 43 per cent said they take active steps to hide their Jewish identity, such as wear a hat over their kippah or hide Star of David pendants.

Many respondents cited their perception of a rise in the prevalence of anti-Semitic sentiment, with 48 per cent saying they avoid situations where they suspect they may be exposed to anti-Semitic reactions.

The results of the survey were published Monday. [Read more…]

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Dutch prosecutors drop Jewish community leader’s assault complaint

(JTA) – Dutch prosecutors ended a police investigation into the alleged assault of a Jewish community leader, explaining that it would be too expensive to follow through.

The Prosecutor’s Office in The Hague announced its decision last month about a complaint filed in July by the chair of the Hague-based CiJo Jewish group, Hidde van Koningsveld, against Paul Mason, a British journalist, over an incident at a political rally that featured British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn. [Read more…]

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Stabber shot by Dutch police was seeking Jewish and Christian victims, prosecutors say

AMSTERDAM (JTA) – A Syrian asylum seeker shot by police officers in The Hague after stabbing three people was looking for Jewish or Christian victims, prosecutors said.

On Wednesday, prosecutors said the officers lawfully and justifiably discharged their weapons in the May 5 shooting of the man who has been identified in the Dutch media as Malek F., the De Telegraaf daily reported. [Read more…]

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Family of Dutch diplomat punished for saving Jews in the Holocaust gets official apology

Jan Zwartendijk and a visa he signed in 1940. (JTA collage/Wikimedia Commons)

Jan Zwartendijk and a visa he signed in 1940. (JTA collage/Wikimedia Commons)

(JTA) – A Dutch diplomat who saved thousands of Jews during the Holocaust and was punished for his actions received a long overdue apology.

The Dutch Foreign Ministry on Tuesday apologized to the family of

who was honorary consul of the Netherlands in what today is Lithuania during World War II, Dutch media reported. [Read more…]

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Dutch museums in possession of 170 works possibly stolen from Jews

(JTA) – Dutch museums are in possession of at least 170 artworks that may have been stolen from Jewish owners during the Holocaust, a commission of inquiry concluded following years of research.

The artworks of murky provenance are worth many millions of dollars and include Jan Adam Kruseman’s “Salome with the Head of the Baptist,” which is at the royal Rijksmuseum of art in Amsterdam; Hans Memling’s “The Movement” from the Boijmans Van Beuningen museum in Rotterdam as wells as an aquarelle by Wassily Kandinsky from the Stedelijk Museum of modern art in Amsterdam, the Het Parool daily reported Wednesday. [Read more…]

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Dutch diplomat was punished for saving Jews in the Holocaust, new book reveals

Jan Zwartendijk and a visa he signed in 1940. (JTA collage/Wikimedia Commons)
Jan Zwartendijk and a visa he signed in 1940. (JTA collage/Wikimedia Commons)

Jan Zwartendijk and a visa he signed in 1940. (JTA collage/Wikimedia Commons)

AMSTERDAM (JTA) – The Dutch Foreign Ministry reprimanded a diplomat who overstepped his authority to save thousands of Jews from the Holocaust and deprived him of royal honours, new research shows.

The research into the treatment of Jan Zwartendijk, who was honorary consul of the Netherlands in what today is Lithuania, is part of a Dutch-language book published this month on his actions titled “The Righteous” by biographer Jan Brokken. [Read more…]

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