Rail firm to compensate Holocaust relatives
The Dutch state-owned rail company has said it will pay compensation to survivors and relatives of those transported by their trains to the Nazi death camps during the second world war, after receiving a threat of litigation.
The Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS) was paid $2.8m in today’s money for delivering 102,000 Jews to concentration camps across Europe. In 2005, the company’s then chief executive, Aad Veenman, offered “apologies from the bottom of his heart and in all modesty”.
The belated decision to pay compensation followed talks with Salo Muller, 82, a former physiotherapist at Ajax football club, whose parents were transported by train from Amsterdam to the Dutch transit camp, Westerbork, from where they were taken to Auschwitz and gassed.
Muller said his initial plan to take legal action against NS, supported by the prominent Dutch human-rights lawyer Liesbeth Zegveld, was on hold after the “historic” decision.