Com­pen­sa­tion an­nounced for un­fairly taxed sur­vivors

The Jewish Chronicle - - WORLD NEWS - BY IS­ABEL DE BERTODANO

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THE HAGUE’S city coun­cil has an­nounced a 2.6 mil­lion euro (£2.2m) resti­tu­tion fund for Jewish fam­i­lies forced to pay taxes and ground rent on prop­erty con­fis­cated dur­ing the Holo­caust.

Re­search by the coun­cil found that un­til 1955, sur­vivors of the Holo­caust who re­turned to the Dutch city were sent bills for taxes on their homes charged while they were in hid­ing or con­cen­tra­tion camps.

The city has long been un­der pres­sure to grant resti­tu­tion to Dutch Jews. In 2015 a Holo­caust sur­vivor, Eddy Boas, who was de­ported to Ber­gen-Belsen as a tod­dler, told the Dutch news site Om­roep West his fam­ily was shunned when they tried to re­turn to their house in The Hague. He said: “My par­ents knocked on the door of our house, but other peo­ple opened. They told my par­ents to get lost. The po­lice and the mu­nic­i­pal­ity did noth­ing.”

Mr Boas, who now lives in Aus­tralia, said his fa­ther was or­dered to pay back taxes to the mu­nic­i­pal­ity af­ter the war to cover the pe­riod his fam­ily spent in Ber­gen-Belsen. “It is a scan­dal that this hap­pened,” he said. “The mu­nic­i­pal­ity of The Hague made big mis­takes and the Dutch state should be held ac­count­able.”

Af­ter it was oc­cu­pied in May 1940, the Nether­lands col­lab­o­rated with the Nazis in de­port­ing Jews to con­cen­tra­tion camps and up to three quar­ters of Hol­land’s 140,000 Jews were killed.

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