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Only Twenty Percent of 140,000 Jews in Netherlands Survived Nazi Occupation

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Twenty-five thousend Dutch Jews have already registered with the Jewish Registration Office here, and information concerning another 8,000 is expected to be obtained shortly. Latest figures indicate that 107,000 Jews were sent to death camps by the Nazis, and only about 20 percent of the Natherland’s pre-war Jewish population of 140,000 have survived.

Reliable sources here say that action will shortly be taken against members of the “Jewish Council” which functioned as a liaison between the Germans and the Jewish community during the Nazi occupation. The members of the council carried out the orders given them by the Germans, which frequently involved the selection of Jews for deportation and the detailed arrangements for their transfer to concentration camps.

There has been a great deal of vocal and written criticism of the “council” members since Holland was liberated. In reply, those accused of collaborationism have published a statement defending their conduct.

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