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  • Holland Destroyed Records Listing Stolen Jewish Assets

    The Dutch Ministry of Finance deliberately destroyed hundreds of archives detailing the wartime liquidation of Jewish companies by Nazi-appointed administrators, according to a report in a Dutch daily newspaper. The archives, which contained important information for those with claims resulting from such liquidations, were destroyed in 1991 — a year before unclaimed moneys were legally… More ▸

  • Former Dutch Official Confirms Sale of Holocaust Victims’ Assets

    Dutch Finance Ministry employees purchased valuables looted from Holocaust victims at bargain prices during the 1960s. The disclosure was confirmed by a former ministry official who said last week that in 1968 or 1969 “leftover” jewelry belonging to Jews who died in the Holocaust had been sold to his colleagues. The goods had been held… More ▸

  • Holland Plans to Aid Dutch Jews with Its Share of Nazi-looted Gold

    Holland wants to use its $10 million share of an international gold pool to help its own Jewish community. “Part of this gold was stolen from the Jews in our country,” said Joop van Kemenade, chairman of the Dutch government committee investigating restitution of Jewish property, explaining why Holland doesn’t want to contribute the funds… More ▸

  • Museum to Glorify Nazism is Goal of Dutch Nazi Widow

    The woman known here as the “Black Widow” is planning to turn her villa in the Dutch town of Velp into a museum for the glorification of Nazism. Florentine Rost van Tonningen-Heubel, 83, has the pillars outside her spacious home painted black and red, the colors of the Nazi flag. Large candles inside the home… More ▸

  • Dutch Veterans of Ss Units Seek Pensions from Germany

    A group of German parliamentarians is seeking to block the continued payment of special pensions to people they claim are Nazi war criminals. Their outraged call for an amended law comes amid reports that the Labor Ministry has received in recent days hundreds of applications for state pensions from Dutch citizens who served in SS… More ▸

  • Dutch Call on E.u. Members to Prohibit Holocaust Denial

    Holocaust-denial should be outlawed in all member states of the European Union, Dutch activists have appealed. The call was issued here this week during commemoration ceremonies marking the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp on Jan. 27, 1945. The Netherlands, which holds the rotating presidency of the European Union until July, should use its position… More ▸

  • Wwii Hideout Found in Amsterdam

    In a story that brings Anne Frank to mind, a new owner of an Amsterdam apartment recently discovered a hiding area above a closet that apparently was used during the Holocaust. The apartment owner also found various items in the space that had not been touched in about 50 years. The items included a mattress… More ▸

  • Dutch Muslims Protest U.s., Israel

    About 1,000 fundamentalist Muslims from across the Netherlands demonstrated against the United States and Israel at The Hague last week, the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadam. The crowd also protested Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat’s peace policies. The participants in the demonstration, which occurs annually, marched from the Israeli Embassy to the American… More ▸

  • Dutch Foreign Minister Meets with Palestinians at Orient House

    Despite strong objections from Israeli officials, Dutch Foreign Minister Hans Van Mierlo met this week with Palestinian officials in eastern Jerusalem. Mierlo’s talks Wednesday at Orient House, the Palestine Liberation Organization’s de facto headquarters in eastern Jerusalem, disrupted what was otherwise described as an amicable and productive visit to Israel by a delegation led by… More ▸

  • Orthodox Jews in Holland Ruffled by Ads Against Aids

    Some Jews here have voiced their opposition to an outdoor advertisement campaign against AIDS. The advertisement depicts a nude black man and white woman, who is in her underwear and is holding a condom. In the ad, the woman is saying to the man: “If you put something on, I take something off.” The Dutch… More ▸