Saturday 22 January 2022

Amsterdam to give €10m to Jewish community for WWII local tax scandal

Visitors queuing. Photo: Massimo Catarinella via Wikimedia Commons

Visitors queuing at the Anne Frank House. Photo: Massimo Catarinella via Wikimedia Commons

Amsterdam city council plans to donate €10m to the city’s Jewish community to compensate for the way survivors of the Nazi death camps were forced to pay missed taxes on their return.

The money will go to community projects and be spent according to Jewish groups’ wishes, mayor Eberhard van der Laan said at the opening of the city’s new National Holocaust Museum on Sunday.

In April 2013, research students discovered that hundreds of Jews were sent the bills for ground rent plus fines for non-payment when they returned from the concentration camps after the war.

Van der Laan said at the time that people forced to pay the fines and ground rent would get their money back.

The Netherlands is still struggling to come to terms with the way it treated Jews who returned home in 1945 and whose property and possessions had been stolen or lost.

Only 35,000 of the country’s Jewish population of 140,000 survived the war and 102,000 of the 107,000 who were deported to death camps were killed.

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