The Dutch national railway (NS) announced on Wednesday that it will offer financial compensation to Holocaust survivors and their families, admitting responsibility for their role in the transportation of Jews to Nazi concentration camps during World War II.
The state-owned company announced the decision to provide an acknowledgement of responsibility to the tune of tens of millions of euros at a ceremony in Utrecht. The plan is to grant survivors €15,000 to 500 Jews, Roma and Sinti survivors and between €5,000 and €7,500 to the widows and relatives of 100,000 victims.
The decision is the outcome of a committee set up in January 2019 and chaired by the former mayor of Amsterdam, Job Cohen. The money is clearly an “acknowledgement” rather than compensation. The committee has set up a contact and information service to determine eligibility for those entitled to compensation.
According to the Rotterdam-based Dutch daily Algemeen Dagblad (AD), the Central Jewish Consultation group (CJO) welcomed the move as it represents a “confession of guilt.”