Queen Whilhelmina is Host to Jews Who Escaped from Holland

A Dutch Jew and his wife who succeeded in escaping from Nazi-occupied Holland in a 65-hour perilous crossing of the North Sea were today the guests of Queen Wilhelmina, and reported to her concerning the hardships which the population in Holland is enduring under the Nazis.

“It was very risky to cross the sea,” the escaped woman told a representative of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, “but life for Jews in occupied Holland is so terrible that we decided to take the risk. Not a single Jew in Holland is today sure of his life.” The woman, who is thirty-five years old, is joining the Dutch Red Cross in London while her husband today enlisted in the Dutch air force here.

A report reaching Dutch circles here today states that 250 more Jews were this week deported from Holland to the Buchenwald concentration camp in Germany. This took place after the Nazis transferred some 200 non-Jewish Dutchmen from the Buchenwald camp to a new concentration camp in Holland, apparently with a view of making room for the new contingent of Jews which the Nazis rounded up in Holland. The seizure of Jews in the streets and at their homes has been intensified by the Nazis in Amsterdam ever since the Nazi retreat on the Soviet front, the escaped Jewish couple reported today.

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