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Amsterdam Fined Holocaust Survivors for Unpaid Taxes while Hiding

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The City of Amsterdam fined hundreds of Jewish Holocaust survivors as late as 1947 for failing to pay taxes while they were in hiding or in concentration camps.

The affair was exposed in an article in Het Parool, a local daily. Many of the houses in question were confiscated and used by members of the NSB Dutch Nazi party while the Jewish owners were in hiding or in camps.

The city went after survivors as late as 1947, the report said. Other Dutch municipalities waived such debts, Het Parool reported. The following year the city agreed to reimburse half of what it charged to some Jews who were taxed in absentia. The city’s archives contain 342 requests for reimbursement, Het Parool reported.

The documents about this taxation were discovered by Charlotte van den Berg, a 23-year-old university student. She said she found them bundled with an elastic band in the archive section of one of the city’s departments while conducting research on Jewish home owners.

A spokesperson for the city told the daily the city would investigate the matter, including how much money was collected from Holocaust survivors, together with the NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies.

About 75 percent of Holland’s pre-World War II Jewish population of 140,000 was murdered in the Holocaust, according to the Center for Information and Documentation on Israel, a Hague-based watchdog on anti-Semitism which is known locally by its acronym CIDI.

Ronny Naftaniel, CIDI’s senior advisor, told JTA that although the discovery was “shocking,” there have been various reports of the city’s conduct after World War II, though “few facts were known. The City of Amsterdam has never, to my knowledge, taken steps to correct its actions,” said Naftaniel, who used to serve as the treasurer of Holland’s Central Jewish Board, or CJO.

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About the Author: Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu is a graduate in journalism and economics from The George Washington University. He has worked as a cub reporter in rural Virginia and as senior copy editor for major Canadian metropolitan dailies. Tzvi wrote for Arutz Sheva for several years before joining the Jewish Press.


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9 Responses to “Amsterdam Fined Holocaust Survivors for Unpaid Taxes while Hiding”

  1. horrible, I am ashamed.. again

  2. Alan Kardon says:

    I am at am loss for words. They should be paying the families rent for using the houses in question.

  3. Dov Segal says:

    At the end of 1941 the Dutch government in exile ruled that confiscation of Jewish property was illegal.
    So after the war, the Amsterdam Municipality said that as the Jews were the rightful owners of the houses, they were liable for all the costs during the war. The Jews had not paid on time, so they were also fined.
    The bills and fines were not only for taxes. The Jews were also ordered to pay energy costs. In some cases they were billed for houses that had been destroyed.
    Can you imagine that? Coming back from a death camp, finding out that all your family was dead and being presented with a bill and a fine for the occupation of your house by Nazis.
    People think of Anne Frank and have this very positive attitude towards the Dutch.
    However, this small country also provided more than 20,000 volunteers for the SS. Did you know it was the normal Dutch police who rounded up the Jews, not the Germans? With respect to Dutch collaboration, Eichmann is quoted as saying, 'the transports run so smoothly that it is a pleasure to see'.
    There was not one case of sabotage of the transports. 75% of Dutch Jews (the highest pecentage in western Europe) perished.
    Unfortunately the situation for Amsterdam Jews does not seem to have improved much. Read the following blog: http://dovsegal.blogspot.nl/2013/03/jobs-choice.html.

  4. Yerusha Levi Horn says:

    Preposterous! How about enforcing that the Dutch govt financially cõmpensate for failure tõ protect and for robbing Dutch Jewísh citízens? Such shameful act of the govt.

  5. YOU SHOULD!!! There are no more despicable, disgusting, money-grubbing, money-centered, avaricious and stingy people on this plannet than the despicable fecalia-soul Dutch. G-d damn them to ternal Hell for their soulless callousness, cruel bastards!!!

  6. YOU SHOULD!!! There are no more despicable, disgusting, money-grubbing, money-centered, avaricious and stingy people on this plannet than the despicable fecalia-soul Dutch. G-d damn them to ternal Hell for their soulless callousness, cruel bastards!!!

  7. There are no more despicable, disgusting, money-grubbing, money-centered, avaricious and stingy people on this plannet than the despicable fecalia-soul Dutch. G-d damn them to eternal Hell for their soulless callousness, cruel bastards!!! A most antisemitic people with by far the most SS-volunteers (some 20.000) far above the numerically much more populous France, Italy or even Spain! It tells us all something, doesn't it. Meanwhile, they conjured a fairy tale romantic hero-image of themselves for popular consumption after WWII deceiving evrybody. Did you hear folks that by far th biggest share of 3door compact cars are on the Ducth market, precisely bec. of they won't pay the extra 250 € for them? Or the fact that many near the Belgian and German borders "emigrate" 5 km all for cheaper electricity and real estate? But that's the case. One has to vomit at these "people" Gábor Fränkl (34) proud Jewish guy, a descendant of an Auschwitz-Birkenau deported grandmother (in May '44)

  8. There are no more despicable, disgusting, money-grubbing, money-centered, avaricious and stingy people on this plannet than the despicable fecalia-soul Dutch. G-d damn them to eternal Hell for their soulless callousness, cruel bastards!!! A most antisemitic people with by far the most SS-volunteers (some 20.000) far above the numerically much more populous France, Italy or even Spain! It tells us all something, doesn't it. Meanwhile, they conjured a fairy tale romantic hero-image of themselves for popular consumption after WWII deceiving evrybody. Did you hear folks that by far th biggest share of 3door compact cars are on the Ducth market, precisely bec. of they won't pay the extra 250 € for them? Or the fact that many near the Belgian and German borders "emigrate" 5 km all for cheaper electricity and real estate? But that's the case. One has to vomit at these "people" Gábor Fränkl (34) proud Jewish guy, a descendant of an Auschwitz-Birkenau deported grandmother (in May '44)

  9. There are no more despicable, disgusting, money-grubbing, money-centered, avaricious and stingy people on this plannet than the despicable fecalia-soul Dutch. G-d damn them to eternal Hell for their soulless callousness, cruel bastards!!! A most antisemitic people with by far the most SS-volunteers (some 20.000) far above the numerically much more populous France, Italy or even Spain! It tells us all something, doesn't it. Meanwhile, they conjured a fairy tale romantic hero-image of themselves for popular consumption after WWII deceiving evrybody. Did you hear folks that by far th biggest share of 3door compact cars are on the Ducth market, precisely bec. of they won't pay the extra 250 € for them? Or the fact that many near the Belgian and German borders "emigrate" 5 km all for cheaper electricity and real estate? But that's the case. One has to vomit at these "people" Gábor Fränkl (34) proud Jewish guy, a descendant of an Auschwitz-Birkenau deported grandmother (in May '44)

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