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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Dutch Islamist politician says Yom Kippur fast won’t atone for Israel’s sins

AMSTERDAM (JTA) – A Dutch Muslim politician who has prayed for Allah to “exterminate the Zionists” said that a day of fasting on Yom Kippur will not suffice to atone for Israel’s sins.

 

Arnoud van Doorn, a lawmaker of The Hague’s city council for the Islamist Party for Unity, wrote on Sept. 18 on Twitter: “Israel celebrates Yom Kippur tomorrow. I’d make it a month. One day to reflect on all its errors and regret them is not enough.” [Read more…]

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This year’s foreign film Oscar race includes movies on the Holocaust and anti-Semitism

Christopher Lambert, right, portraying a German Nazi officer in “Sobibor.” (Courtesy of Rosiya Segondiya)Christopher Lambert, right, portraying a German Nazi officer in “Sobibor.” (Courtesy of Rosiya Segondiya)
Christopher Lambert, right, portraying a German Nazi officer in “Sobibor.” (Courtesy of Rosiya Segondiya)Christopher Lambert, right, portraying a German Nazi officer in “Sobibor.” (Courtesy of Rosiya Segondiya)

Christopher Lambert, right, portraying a German Nazi officer in “Sobibor.” (Courtesy of Rosiya Segondiya)

(JTA) – Russia nominated a film about the Nazi death camp Sobibor as its entry for the Academy Award for best foreign language film.

“Sobibor,” a multimillion-dollar production with state funding, centres on the 1943 escape by Jewish inmates from the camp under the leadership of Russian inmates. It was one of only two such occurrences during the Holocaust, with the other happening that same year in Treblinka. [Read more…]

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California museum can keep Nazi-looted paintings valued at $24 million, U.S. court rules

(JTA) – A U.S. federal appeals court ruled that an art museum in Pasadena, California, can keep two Nazi-looted Renaissance paintings.

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Monday that the Norton Simon Museum can keep “Adam” and “Eve,” which were painted around 1530 by Lucas Cranach the Elder and in 2006 were appraised at $24 million, The Associated Press reported. [Read more…]

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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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