Sunday, January 15, 2012

Government Refuses to Apologize for Wrongdoings of its Wartime Predecessor

In a very formal answer to questions posed by the PVV Freedom Party, Prime Minister Mark Rutte said that he sees no reason to apologize for the behavior of the Dutch government in exile in London during World War II toward the persecution of Dutch Jews. He said that no new facts have come to the light about the London government in 2000, when the then- government apologized for the wrongdoings of the postwar Dutch government towards the Jewish community. Rutte suggested in his answer that the Jewish community should have asked for the government to apologize – a rather illogical request. (The Netherlands thus remains the Western European country which has done by far the least to officially admit its role in the persecution of Jews, let alone apologize for it.)

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