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Dutch Government Dismisses Jewish Complaint Against the Hague’s Mayor

June 6, 1956
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The Dutch Government moved today to “close” the case of Dr. Franz M.A. Schokking, Mayor of The Hague, who has been accused of war time collaboration with the Nazis which cost the lives of at least three members of a Jewish family. The report will be considered by the Lower House of the Netherlands. Parliament Thursday.

Deputy Premier Louis Beel and Minister of Justice Dr. J.C. van Oeven issued a report on the wartime activities of Dr. Schokking which presents the mayor in a most favorable and patriotic light. The report says that the case is settled. “There can be no doubt of his patriotism or of the fact that he served Dutch interests during the German occupation at risk to his own safety,” it declares.

Jewish and Socialist circles have charged that while serving as mayor of a small village during the occupation. Dr. Schokking sent Gestapo agents to the hiding place of Jacob Pino, his wife and eleven-year-old daughter. Later, as a result of torture to his family and himself, Pino committed suicide. His wife and daughter were eventually murdered in a Nazi death camp.

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