Dutch Railway Company Pays €32m to Holocaust Victims


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The Dutch state railway company, which operated trains to a deportation camp during World War II, has compensated Holocaust victims with 32 million Euros (34.7 million dollars) so far, the committee responsible told a Dutch broadcaster on Monday.

The company, NS, announced in June 2019 that it would compensate victims or their next of kin.

The railway company transported about 110,000 Jews and Roma to the deportation camp Westerbork on behalf of the German occupying forces, earning millions of guilder, the Dutch currency at the time.

The train operator did not protest the deportations at the time and earned an estimated 2.5 million Dutch guilder (1.1 million Euros) from the transports.

NS, however, apologised formally for its role in 2005.

The commission estimated that 5,000 to 6,000 survivors of the Nazi extermination camps, or surviving relatives, were eligible for compensation.

They will receive between 5,000 and 15,000 Euros (5,700-17,000 dollars) per person.

About 4,000 applications have so far been approved and applications can still be submitted until August.

Salo Muller, an 83-year-old Holocaust survivor and former physiotherapist of the football club Ajax Amsterdam, initiated the establishment of the committee in 2018.

His Jewish parents were deported to the Auschwitz death camp and murdered.

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