The Need for Dutch Courage on Israel

The story of Anne Frank, who died in the concentration camp of Bergen-Belsen in March 1945, is one of the most moving and well-known events in recent history. Less well known is the fact that the number of Dutch Jews, 105,000 or 75% of the Jewish community, who perished during the Holocaust is larger than that of any other Western European country. Yet, these terrible figures do not tell the whole story in the country occupied by Nazi Germany. Heroism was also present. Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Authority in Jerusalem, lists 5,269 Dutch among the 24,300 individuals it names as Righteous among the Nations, people who risked their lives, or liberty, or position, to help Jews during the Holocaust. The Netherlands today illustrates similar ambivalent attitudes. Its now small Jewish community of 29,900 is integrated and accepted but attitudes towards the State of Israel are problematic. The issue is best illustrated by the language and actions of Dutch...(Read Full Article)