Monday, January 9, 2012

Great Majority of Dutch against Apologizing to Jews

A poll taken by Maurice de Hond found that sixty-seven percent of the Dutch opposes formal apologies by the Dutch government to the Jews for the disinterest of the wartime government in exile in the persecution of the Jews. Of these, half say that they should not be made because it is so late. Only 27% support the apologies. The issue of Dutch wartime misconduct became world news last week after Geert Wilders, leader of the Freedom Party called on Prime Minister Mark Rutte (Liberal) to offer apologies. Wilders reacted to similar attitudes of former Deputy Prime Ministers Els Borst (D66 Left Liberals) and Gerrit Zalm (Liberals) in Manfred Gerstenfeld’s book Judging the Netherlands: The Renewed Restitution Process 1997-2000.

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