Apologies for Holocaust Behavior and Refusal to Do So: The Dutch Case in an International Context
October 1, 2006 | Dr. Manfred Gerstenfeld
The issue of Dutch institutional and governmental apologies for Holocaust behavior came to the fore again with the unexpected apology of Dutch Railways to the Jewish community in September 2005. These belated apologies should be seen in a broader Dutch context. After World War II, many myths about crucial aspects of the Dutch Jews’ fate substituted for history. Currently, the Dutch government’s refusal to apologize to the Jewish community stands out even more.