The Dutch railway has acknowledged a suggestion that it pay up to €50m to the relatives of thousands survivors and family it transported to Nazi death camps during the second world war II.
Job Cohen, a former mayor of Amsterdam, supervised a committee set up in January to work out how to formulate the payments. Mention this as a very difficult task, he said, “An amount of money to compensate for suffering cannot be stated.”
The cash was to recognize what had occurred and the job NS had played, RTV Utrecht announced him as saying. Cohen had set up a contact and data administration for individuals who were eligible for compensation.
NS earned a lot of cash from the German occupiers by transporting Jews to Westerbork, the holding camp where individuals were kept before being moved out to Germany and Poland.
For delivering 102,000 Jews to concentration camps across Europe, the Nederlandse Spoorwegen earned £2.2 million in today’s money. “apologies from the bottom of his heart and in all modesty,” the company’s then chief executive, Aad Veenman, offered in 2005.
NS has already apologised in the past for its role in helping the Nazi occupiers in World War Two and has contributed to the renovation of the museum at Westerbork.
“The Germans paid for it and said the NS had to come up with a timetable. And the company went and did it without a word of objection,” said Dirk Mulder from the National Westerbork Memorial to Dutch TV last year.
The NS did countless transports of Jews, Dutch detainees of war and workers for the SS. The keep going train left on September thirteenth, 1944, in no time before a huge piece of the NS staff took to the streets trying to hurry the finish of the Nazi occupation.
Only about 3,000 of those transported survived.
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