Holocaust Survivors In Netherlands Severely Beaten In Anti-Semitic Attack

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Tatuerat fångnummerTwo elderly Holocaust survivors in the Netherlands were brutally beaten and robbed in an apparent anti-Semitic attack.

The victims—Diana Blog, 86, and her husband Shmuel, 87—were beaten last month but only this week started to speak to the media about the incident. They already had scars from being attacked by Auschwitz concentration camp guard dogs.

Two masked men, apparently of Middle Eastern descent, posed as police officers in order to gain entry to the couple’s home in Amsterdam. They subsequently beat the couple viciously, ransacked their home, and stole $15,000 worth of jewelry and money. The men also called the couple “dirty Jews.”

Diana was severely bruised from the attack, while Shmuel lost his vision and broke his thigh bone. Both Diana and Shmuel are now wheelchair-bound.

“I have extreme pains,” Diana told Yediot Achronot. “They wanted to chop off my finger because the rings didn’t come off fast enough. They called us ‘dirty Jews’ and said: ‘You don’t need your jewelry anymore. You’ve been wearing it for too long. Now it’s all ours.'”

The couples’ son Emmanuel has offered an award of $11,000 to anyone with information about the robbers.

“This is a shocking incident, a brutal robbery that extremely affected the victims,” the Dutch Embassy in Israel said in a statement. “In general, it’s important to emphasize that everyone should feel safe in the Netherlands. We will not tolerate any incident of discrimination and anti-Semitism.”

“I don’t feel like eating anymore,” Diana told the Dutch Nieuw Israelietisch Weekblad (New Israelite Weekly), explaining that she could still taste the barbiturate the robbers had forced her to drink at gunpoint.

“I am broken from the inside,” she said.




  1. I do not say this in ANY way to be cruel, but this couple more than ANYONE ELSE should know when it’s time to LEAVE the alter heim, no matter how comfortable life there seems to be. Come home to Eretz Yisrael NOW! and stop clinging to a chutz l’Aretz that is becoming more and more dangerous for Yidden every day. What more will it take? Does every Jew need a vicious beating by rabid antisemites before they realize the truth…or will they sadly and stubbornly cling to chutz l’Aretz as if it’s Gan Eden? (Rachmana Litzlan).

  2. to #1

    so when will you come to the USA to campaign & tell everyone to make aliya before iran hits the USA C”V?

    there has been so many signs from Hashem that its time for klal yisroel to make aliya. how many more signs do we need?

  3. How fast do you forget how dangerous it can be here? Do you have any idea what it’s like to have the dubious honor of being the first country where security is everywhere (but not always fast enough, unfortunately), where you’re constantly eyeballing the people around you (our lovely “cousins”), checking over your shoulder, sometimes dreading the news, worrying about your loved ones? Do you want to be reminded how very difficult it is to move from everyone and everything you love, to a country where no one speaks your language (how many Dutch Jews do you know?), learn a new language almost from scratch while the natives laugh at your Hebrew, where people are routinely rude, abrupt, impatient, whatever? Eretz Yisrael niknes b’yisurim, applies to first generation, the older the harder. Stop judging people. Mitzvas yishuv ha’aretz is only one of 613, and others override it, till Moshiach comes, bimheira biyamenu, amen!


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