Jewish Residents Asked to Pay for Bombed Houses After WW2

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According to, after the Second World War, the municipality of Amsterdam demanded outstanding leasehold from Jewish war victims and fined them for paying late. Students discovered this during digitization of documents.

The city of Amsterdam never rectified the fact that they claimed those payments from Jewish residents, even when houses were demolished or destroyed after bombings. Most cases involved war victims whose houses were confiscated by the NSB and who were either hiding or deported to concentration camps.

The treasurer of the Central Jewish Counsel, Centraal Joods Overleg, is in discussion with the government about refunding the balances. The Dutch Institute for War Documentation, Nederlands Instituut voor Oorlogsdocumentatie (Niod), said that little is known about the issue, and the municipality of Amsterdam wants to have a good look at the case.