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Jews in Holland Get Back Their Property Stolen by Germans During Occupation

The situation of the surviving Jews in Holland is gradually improving due to the fact that real estate, as well as stocks and shares stolen from the Jews by the Germans during the occupation have been returned to the owners under the so-called Legal Adjustment Act.

In addition, a considerable number of Jews managed to have their furniture, clothes and jewelry hidden by non-Jewish friends who are now returning these possessions. In cases where Jews are known to be definitely dead, their property is turned over to surviving relatives.

On the other hand, there is great unemployment among Jews due to the lack of activity in trade and industry. Of the 125,000 Jews who lived in Holland in 1940, there are only 25,000 Jews registered with the Jewish community. Of them, 2,500 are still in Germany. About 8,000 of the surviving Jews are not registered with the community, either because of neglect, or because of reluctance to do so.