Den Haag to pay 2.6 million to families of Jewish WWII victims
The municipality of The Hague put 2.6 million euros aside to compensate the relatives of Jewish residents of the city who were "immorally treated" by the city between 1940 and 1955, ANP reports.
During the Second World War, Germans expropriated all the property of Jews. The municipality recognizes that Jewish residents were for years wrongly charged leasehold and street taxes during the war. After the war, Jewish residents of The Hague - including those returning from concentration camps - were faced with additional charges for unpaid taxes during the war. Based on a proposal by the college of mayor and aldermen, The Hague therefore decided to put 2.6 million euros aside for compensation.
Jewish organizations in The Hague are delighted that the city decided to provide redress after all. The organizations believe that the 2.6 million euros will be enough to meet all claims.