(Netherlands) Dutch Railroad Reckons with Holocaust Shame 75 Years Later #general

Jan Meisels Allen

German railroads were an instrumental part in the Nazi machine of
transporting Jews and others to the death and work camps of World War ll.
The Dutch railway , Nederlandse Spoorwegen, or N.S. participated in the Nazi
scheme, regardless that the Dutch government in exile in London ordered the
railway workers to strike-which they did for 8 months. The strike occurred
after 107,000 Jewish residents of the Netherlands were already deported, of
the 140,who identified themselves as Jews to the extermination camps. Others
deported included the Sinti, Roma, gay men and lesbians, disabled and
resistance fighters.

As reported in the New York Times, a new book, The Dutch Railroad in
Wartime, 1939-1945 clarifies the role of the Dutch railways. The research
found 112 Dutch trains went >from the Netherlands to nine Nazi camps from
June 1942 to August 1944 covering Germany, Austria and Poland.

To read the article and learn more about Dutch railroad complicit actions
with the Nazis, see:

I have no affiliation with the book on the Dutch Railroad and am sharing
this information solely for the information of the reader.

Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

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