Syrian refugees in former houses of Jewish refugees from Hitler

Slootdorp house, formerly for Jewish refugees

From the Jewish Telegraph Agency:

Syrians to be housed in Dutch former village for Jews who fled Nazis

December 18, 2015 4:57am

AMSTERDAM (JTA) — The Dutch owner of land that was once a village for Jews fleeing the Nazis offered to house there refugees from Syria and Iraq.

Joep Karel, the owner of the area in Slootdorp, 35 miles north of Amsterdam, made the offer earlier this month to the government’s Central Agency for the Reception of Asylum Seekers, the Noordhollands Dagblad daily reported last week.

The offer came amid a heated debate over the arrival this year of at least 26,000 Middle Eastern migrants. In Geldermalsen near Rotterdam, police fired warning shots during a riot by thousands of protesters opposed to the opening of a refugee center.

No, they were not ‘thousands of protesters’. 70-80 racist thugs did a violent attack in a paramilitarily organized way. The neonazi party Nederlandse Volksunie have admitted involvement in this on their Internet site. According to police, quite some of the people arrested for violence were not from Geldermalsen itself.

The Jewish work village in Slootdorp was set up in 1934 by local Jews for coreligionists fleeing Germany and Austria. Run like an agricultural kibbutz, it prepared Zionists for immigration to pre-state Israel. However, nearly all of the dozens of Jews who lived there were murdered by the Nazis in the Holocaust.

Amsterdam-based Jews who were not immediately deported to death camps were sent to four ghettos. Germany recently recognized the fourth, Asterdorp, as a ghetto, Het Parool last week reported. This recognition enables former residents of that ghetto to claim compensation from Germany.

In September, the Amsterdam municipality agreed to compensate hundreds of Jews whom it had fined in the 1940s [post 1945 liberation from nazi Germany] for failing to pay property taxes while they were in camps, ghettos or in hiding.

Last week, the association Jewish Heritage in The Hague, or Stichting Joods Erfgoed Den Haag, called on that municipality to offer similar compensation for funds it had charged from its Holocaust survivors, Het Algemeen Dagblad daily reported.

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