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Dutch PM Rutte apologizes for actions of government during WWII

Source : 112 Ukraine

He noted that the government ‘failed as guardian of justice and security’ during the war
17:41, 27 January 2020

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Prime Minister of the Netherlands Mark Rutte apologized for the actions of the Dutch government during WWII during the National Remembrance Day in Amsterdam, as NLTIMES reported.

He noted that the government ‘failed as guardian of justice and security’ during the war and surprised and pleased the Jewish community.

The Prime Minister underlined that some officials of the government stood against the Nazi regime; however, there were a few of them and most of them just followed the orders.

“And yet, it was too little all in all. Too little protection. Too little help. Too little recognition", he said.

Related: Ukraine commemorates victims of Holocaust on January 27

Chairman of the central Jewish consultation CJO Eddo Verdoner commented on the apologies of Dutch PM and underlined that they came too late for many, but are nevertheless very welcome.

"This came as a surprise for us. It is good that it has now been clearly stated what went wrong. It is a historic moment. A milestone," he said. 

Besides, Jewish foundation CIDI called the apologies a "historic step."

As we reported, Ukraine has observed a minute of silence in the memory of the Holocaust’s victims. Today, on January 27, the whole world recollects the victims of the Holocaust, the systematical genocide of Jews by German Nazis.

 

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