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  • Sephardic Synagogue in Amsterdam is Rededicated After Restoration

    This city’s 300-year-old Sephardic Esnoga — the Ladino word for synagogue — was rededicated this week after extensive restoration, in a ceremony attended by some 800 invited guests, including Prince Claus, the husband of Queen Beatrix of Holland. The restoration took 2 1/2 years and cost some $5 million. The Amsterdam Sephardic congregation, which today… More ▸

  • Dutch Foreign Minister in Mideast Urges Personal Rabin-assad Meeting

    The Dutch foreign minister said during a visit here this week that a face-to-face meeting between the leaders of Syria and Israel would be the best way to secure a comprehensive peace. Pieter Hendrik Kooymans made the comment after meeting first with Syrian President Hafez Assad and then with Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. “I… More ▸

  • Dutch Neo-nazi Gets 5 Years

    A neo-Nazi man has been sentenced to five years in jail on charges he tried to kill a man who had beaten him because of his neo-Nazism and his distribution of neo-Nazi propaganda. The district court in Leeuwarden, the capital of the province of Friesland, sentenced the 21-year-old man for the Jan. 23 attack. More ▸

  • Dutch Protest Racism

    Thousands of Dutch citizens denounced racism and xenophobia in a demonstration here last week that capped a weeklong anti-racism campaign of awareness and protest in Holland. Police said that 15,000 people took part in the March 21 demonstration, though organizers said more than double that number were present. More ▸

  • Dutch Court Rejects Nazi’s Request

    The higher district court in The Hague has rejected a petition from convicted Nazi collaborator Jacob Luitjens that he be released from prison pending a decision on his request for a pardon. The court said Luitjens, who was extradited to Holland from Canada in November, has challenged his life sentence for collaboration meted out in… More ▸

  • Dutch University Confiscates Paper That Mocked Anne Frank

    The University of Groningen, in northern Holland, has confiscated all remaining copies of a student newspaper that poked fun at Anne Frank and made anti-Semitic remarks about the country’s Jewish community. The director of the student union that publishes the paper immediately suspended three of its editors and is considering expelling them from the student… More ▸

  • Holocaust Monument in Amsterdam Vandalized a Day Before Dedication

    Vandals damaged a monument commemorating the Nazi death camp of Auschwitz a day before it was unveiled in a ceremony at Amsterdam’s Wertheim Gardens. At Sunday’s ceremony, which took place despite the vandalism, Amsterdam Mayor Ed Van Thijn, a Jew and a Holocaust survivor, pointed out how the monument’s defacement created a link with the… More ▸

  • Escaped Dutch War Criminal Located Living in Germany

    A former Dutch war criminal who managed to escape from prison in 1952 and flee to Germany has been recently located in the German city of Hagen. Herbert Bikker, 77, was tracked down by Dutch Nazi-hunter Jacques Kooistra, and an interview with him was broadcast on Dutch television. Bikker, who escaped from prison during Christmas… More ▸

  • Jan Gies, Who Hid Anne Frank, Dead in Amsterdam at Age 87

    Jan Gies, the man who helped hide Anne Frank and her family from the Nazis in the Amsterdam “secret annex,” died Tuesday at the age of 87. Gies, together his wife Miep, helped hide the Frank family and four other Jews in an upstairs hidden loft above Otto Frank’s own business from July 1942 until… More ▸

  • Police Stop 1,000 Anti-semitic Fans from Attending Dutch Soccer Game

    Riot police prevented 1,000 soccer fans who were singing anti-Semitic songs and shouting neo-Nazi slogans from attending a soccer match last Sunday in Diemen, an eastern suburb of Amsterdam. The fans had traveled from Utrecht to Diemen to cheer on their home team, which was playing against the Amsterdam team Ajax. As the fans got… More ▸