In a speech at the National Holocaust Remembrance in Amsterdam on Sunday, Prime Minister Mark Rutte apologized on behalf of the government for the Dutch government's actions during the Second World War. According to Rutte, the Dutch government failed as "guardian of justice and security" in the war. The Jewish community was surprised, but pleased by the apology.
The compensation arrangement NS made for victims of the Holocaust and their relatives should also apply to resistance fighters, according to association Children of Resistance Participants 1940-45. NS is using double standards and "forgot" the families of Dutch resistance fighters, chairman Henk Mreijen said to the Telegraaf.
The construction of a Holocaust Monument of Names on Weesperstraat in Amsterdam can continue, the court in Amsterdam ruled on Tuesday. Local residents objected to the monument, complaining that it is too large and should rather be built somewhere else, but the court rejected these objections, RTL Nieuws reports.
The memorial will contain the names of 102 thousand Jewish, Sinti and Romani people who were deported in the Second World War and who have no grave. The names will be shown on walls arranged in a maze-like formation. The monument was designed by Daniel Libeskind.
Salo Muller is pleased that, after years of fighting, Dutch railway NS decided to pay compensation to Holocaust victims or their relatives for its role in transporting Jewish people to concentration camps during the Second World War. "I am relieved that it is all over. But when you consider why we're getting compensation, it makes me very sad. People were murdered", he said to NU.nl.
Dutch national railway NS plans to pay reparations to thousands of Holocaust survivors, their widows, and their children. The decision regards people who were transported by the NS to extermination camps, for which the company earned an estimated 2.5 million euros, adjusted for inflation.
Toine Beukering, Senator for right-wing nationalist party FvD, apologized for describing Jewish people in the Holocaust as "docile lambs" during an interview with the Telegraaf on Saturday. "That was a very awkward comment. I also regret it and take it back", Beukering now said, the Telegraaf reports.
The Jewish people put up "very little resistance" in World War Two, exacerbating the Holocaust, said Toine Beukering in an interview with the Telegraaf. The 60-year-old former brigadier general has never served in politics, but has been put forward by far right wing nationalist party Forum voor Democratie as a candidate to lead the Dutch senate.
Dutch teenagers and adults appreciate the two minutes of silence held on Remembrance Day on May 4th, but teenagers in particular also want more attention to be paid to current wars and the victims of other wars than the Second World War, according to studies by the National Committee 4 and 5 May, NOS reports.
There is conflict at the future National Holocaust Museum in Amsterdam about four photos taken at Auschwitz by Greek camp prisoner Alberto Errera. These four photos are considered the clearest photographic evidence of the Holocaust. The guest curators at the museum want to show the photos in the exhibition The Jewish Persecution in Photos, but the directors of the future museum want to tape them off, the Volkskrant reports.
NS will pay individual compensation to survivors and relatives of the Holocaust, CEO Roger van Boxtel said to Nieuwsuur. The Dutch rail company earned millions by transporting Jewish people to concentration camp Westerbork during the Second World War.
This puts an end to a battle between NS and Salo Muller, whose parents were transported to Westerbork on an NS train in 1941, when he was five years old. They spent nine weeks in the camp before being transported to Auschwitz, where they died in a gas chamber.
Today is Remembrance Day in the Netherlands - a day on which the atrocities of World War II are remembered and the victims are commemorated.
The National Commemoration will happen on Dam Square in Amsterdam on Friday evening. King Willem-Alexander, Queen Maxima and Prime Minister Mark Rutte will attend this commemoration, NU.nl reports.
War hero and former CDA senator Johan van Hulst passed away at the age of 107. Van Hulst was best known for saving Jewish children from the hands of Nazis and their supporters during the Second World War, ANP reports.
The Holocaust was commemorated in Amsterdam on Sunday with a silent march, a ceremony and the laying of wreaths in Wertheimpark. During the ceremony, several speakers raised concerns about increasing anti-Semitism in the Netherlands and the world, NOS reports.
An Amsterdam couple that filed a lawsuit to remove a 'stumbling stone' - a memorial stone placed in memory of specific Jews deported during World War II - from in front of their home, dropped their objections after facing a storm of criticism on social media, the Volkskrant reports.
Franz Anton Stapf is registered as a Jewish war victim in the official commemorative book, on the list of the Holocaust memorial center Yad Vashem in Israel and on the wall panels of the Hollandschse Schouwburg in Amsterdam. But new research shows that he was in fact a full-blooded Nazi who worked as a press photographer in Amsterdam from 1935 and fought on the Eastern Front from 1941, the Volkskrant reports.
On Sunday Amsterdam remembered the Holocaust, the Nazi persecution of Jews in World War II, with a silent march from city hall to Wiertheimpark, where a commemoration was held. Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Amsterdam mayor Eberhard van der Laan both spoke at the commemoration, ANP reports.
Rutte and Deputy Prime Minister Lodewijk Asscher together lay a wreath ath the monument mirror Never Again Auschwitz on behalf of the government.
The Netherlands new National Holocaust Museum in Amsterdam is opening its doors to the public for the first time on Monday with an exhibition by Jeroen Krabbe, the museum announced in a press release. According to the museum, it is the first location in the Netherlands that presents a "complete overview of the history of the persecution and genocide of the Dutch Jews."
Anne Frank's step sister Eva Schloss thinks that the current situation for asylum seekers and refugees is worse than it was during the Second World War under Hitler. She also believes that American presidential candidate Donald Trump is set to become another Hitler, Schloss wrote in an essay in Newsweek on Wednesday, the International Holocaust Memorial Day.
Rotterdam Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb compared the Holocaust to the "horrors of ISIS" during a recent visit to camp Westerbork with a group of students.
Teachers will soon get more support on how to talk about sensitive subjects like homosexuality, the Holocaust and fundamentalism with their students. Stichting School en Veilgheid, or Foundation School and Safety in English, is organizing meetings after the summer holidays to guide schools in how to approach these sensitive topics.
Plans for the Netherlands first museum specifically focused on the Holocaust were presented on Tuesday Afternoon.
The names of Dutch Jews, Roma and Sinti will that were deported via camp Westerbork, will from now on always sound on the grounds of the camp. The names can be heard from an original train carriage that is believed to have been used for deportation during the war.
The Royal Dutch Football Association (KNVB) calls the anti-semitic chants from last sunday's match between FC Utrecht and AFC Ajax "abhorrent and repugnant". KNVB is currently collecting information to determine if there is a sufficient reason to launch an investigation and whether FC Utrecht did enough to prevent and stop the chants, Parool writes.
The European Union has made an 8 million-euro grant available for the expansion of the European Holocaust Research Infrastructure (EHRI) of the institute for war, Holocaust and Genocide studies NIOD, NRC reports. NIOD is going to cooperate with institutions in Eastern and Southern Europe to proved better access to Holocuast archives.