Netherlands

  • Dutch Camp Survivors Remember Wwii Experiences

    A ceremony of remembrance took place last week at the former concentration camp of Westerbork, in the northeastern Netherlands. Dutch officials, some 500 survivors, many from abroad, and pupils from local Dutch schools were among the 2,000 participants at the April 12 commemoration, which marked the 50th anniversary of its liberation. Speaking at the ceremony,… More ▸

  • Queen of the Netherlands Tells Knesset of Challenges of Peace

    Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands visited Israel last week, stressing the special bond between her country and the Jewish state. Addressing a special session of the Knesset, the queen likened the situation in Europe in the wake of World War II to the challenges state leaders in the Middle East face today. "Once peace is… More ▸

  • Dutch Voters Avoid Right-wing Parties

    The extreme right-wing Centrist Democrats party, also known as the CD, received only I percent of the votes in Holland’s quadrennial elections for 12 provincial councils. Elections for the councils, which consist of a total of 756 members, were held March 8. Two other extreme right-wing parties, Centrist Party ’86 and the Netherlands Block which… More ▸

  • Amsterdam Provides a Home to Spielberg Holocaust Project

    Steven Spielberg’s international effort to archive tens of thousands of interviews with Holocaust survivors has made its way to the Netherlands. The project comes in the wake of Spielberg’s last film, “Schindler’s List,” which was the most attended movie in 1994 in the Netherlands. A representative of Spielberg is undertaking, Survivors of the Shoah Visual… More ▸

  • Dutch Queen Admits Resistance to Nazis Was Not So Widespread

    Fifty years after the Netherlands was liberated from the yoke of Nazi occupation, Queen Beatrix this week broke the myth of a nation united in its resistance against the enemy. In her Christmas address, the queen stated that resistance was not as widespread as some believed. “The majority (of Dutch citizens) preferred to live on… More ▸

  • Jewish Firm Defies Dutch Law

    A company founded by Jews that operates department stores and supermarkets throughout Holland is refusing to comply with a government law that calls on all Dutch companies with more than 35 employees to register their foreign workers with the government. KBB, which owns the De Bijenkorf department store chain and the Hema supermarket chain, says… More ▸

  • Netherlands Restores Oldest Synagogue

    Ceremonies were held this week to mark the completion of restoration work on the oldest synagogue in the Netherlands that is still use. The synagogue of Middelburg, located in the capital of the southwestern Dutch province of Zeeland, was built in 1705 and currently serves a community of 31 Jews. Because of the synagogue’s small… More ▸

  • Germany Won’t Participate in Netherlands War Commemorations

    Germany will not take part in Holland’s commemoration of its victims of World War II, to be held May 4, 1995, or in the May 5 ceremonies marking the 50th anniversary of the liberation of the Netherlands in 1945. But Germany will be a part of a Dutch commemoration scheduled for May 8, 1945, which… More ▸

  • Commemoration Held in Holland for Dutch Victim of Tel Aviv Blast

    A commemoration was held this week for the 21 Israelis and the single Dutch victim who died in the Oct. 19 suicide bombing of a bus in the heart of Tel Aviv. Among those attending Sunday’s ceremony at the Ashkenazic synagogue in The Hague were Dutch Interior Minister Hans Dijkstal, Israeli Ambassador Michael Bawly and… More ▸

  • Holland’s Jews Join Debate over German Role in Celebrations

    As Holland prepares for the 50th anniversary of its liberation from the Nazis, Jews here are joining the debate over whether Germany should be invited to participate in the commemorations. Representatives of Holland’s Ashkenazic, Sephardic and Liberal congregations recently weighed into the debate with a statement saying that the Jewish community in Holland was not… More ▸