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Dutch Jews Protest Minister’s Plan to Pardon German War Criminals

February 11, 1960
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The Ashkenazic, Sephardic and Liberal Jewish communities joined today in a protest to the Dutch Senate about the plan of Dr. A. C. W. Beerman. Dutch Minister of Justice, to pardon German war criminals detained in Holland who have already had their terms commuted from the death penalty to life imprisonment. The Jewish leaders stressed that the war criminals were responsible for the murders of many thousands of Dutchmen, most of them Jews.

All parties in the Dutch Senate today urged Beerman not to pardon the four German war criminals detained in Breda who were responsible for the deaths of 100, 000 Dutch Jews during the second World War.

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