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Resistance Movement Main Factor in Belgian Jewry’s Survival Under Nazis

A study of the Belgian Jewish Resistance movement during World War II shows that nearly half of Belgian Jewry escaped extermination at the hands of the Nazis while 90 percent of the Jewish community in neighboring Holland perished.

The study, by a French historian, Lucien Steinberg, attributes the survival of Belgian Jews to the fact that they had an organized resistance movement which was lacking among Dutch Jews. The study was prepared for the University of Brussels’ National Center for Jewish Studies.