The Netherlands

Yiddish course returns to University of Amsterdam

From 2023, students can take a Yiddish course at the University of Amsterdam. The vernacular spoken by many Jews in European cities for centuries has not been taught in the Netherlands since the death of professor Shlomo Berger. 

Dutch police open probe of antisemitic text projected on Anne Frank museum

Dutch police said they were investigating the projection of an antisemitic laser message onto the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam. Prime Minister Mark Rutte condemned the "reprehensible" act. "There is no place for antisemitism in our country; we can never and should never accept this," Rutte tweeted.

42% of secondary school teachers in The Netherlands witnessed antisemitic incidents

42% of secondary school teachers in the Netherlands witnessed antisemitic incidents in the classroom in the past year. These mostly involved swearing and abusive language that was not directed at specific individuals.

One in four young people in the Netherlands believe the Holocaust was a myth

More than half of Dutch people do not know that six million Jews died in the Holocaust with Millennials and Gen Z even more ignorant of the true figure. The survey showed a disturbing lack of awareness of key historical facts about the Holocaust and the Netherlands’ own connection to Holocaust history.

Minister Yeşilgöz: “Hatred of Jews seems to be becoming commonplace”

In response to rising antisemitism, Dutch Justice and Security Minister Dilan Yeşilgöz wants to more clearly criminalise Holocaust denial. The Penal Code is to be tightened up, according to the minister.

Dutch committee decides to return Nazi looted Kandinsky painting to Jewish family

A Dutch committee charged with assessing and acting on claims about artwork stolen from Jews before and during the Holocaust has determined that a painting by Wassily Kandinsky should be returned to the family of the Jewish woman who likely owned it prior to the Holocaust.

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