The Dutch chief rabbi called on the prime minister of the Netherlands to apologize officially for the kingdom’s collaboration with Nazi Germany in the murder of Jews during the Holocaust, JTA reports.
Rabbi Binyomin Jacobs said in an interview with JTA last week that following expressions of regret by some army and police units and other institutions, “it is time that the Dutch head of state offer a comprehensive apology.” Holland’s neighbors have all offered such apologies.
The debate over an official apology has polarized the Netherlands.
Some 75 percent of the 140,000 Jews who lived in the Netherlands before the Holocaust were murdered by German Nazis and their local collaborators — the highest death rate in all of Nazi-occupied Western Europe. Read more.