Monday, February 29, 2016

How Dutch Railways Benefitted from Transport of Jews During the Holocaust

A TV program, based on a document in the US national archive, exposed that the Dutch railways earned 2.5 million euro in current monetary equivalent for transporting 100,000 Jews during the Second World War, 95% of whom were exterminated.  During the war, 93 Dutch trains brought Jews to the Dutch transit camp in Westerboerk, and from there transported the Jews to the Dutch border, where the trains were taken over by the Germans.  In 2005, the Dutch railways offered apologies for their role in the war, but have not to date offered compensation for the victims.

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