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Dutch Protestant Church acknowledges failing Jews in World War II

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Dutch Protestant Church made a far-reaching recognition of guilt Sunday for its failure to do more to help Jews during and after World War II, and for the church’s role in preparing ”the ground in which the seeds of anti-Semitism and hatred could grow.” The long-awaited, historic statement came at a solemn ceremony to mark Monday’s anniversary of the Nazis’ anti-Jewish Kristallnacht pogrom, or the “Night of Broken Glass.” On November 9, 1938, Jews were terrorized throughout Germany and Austria. At least 91 people were killed, hundreds of synagogues burned down, around 7,500 Jewish businesses vandalized, and up to 30,000 Jewish men arrested, many of whom were taken away to concentration camps.


Rene de Reuver, speaking on behalf of the General Synod of the Protestant Church in the Netherlands, reads a statement at the Rav Aron Schuster Synagogue in Amsterdam, Netherlands, November 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)


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