Luxembourg poll: Apology for Shoah role was right

Luxembourg was right to apologise for the way it treated the Jewish community during the first months under occupation in WWII, residents have confirmed in a survey.

A politmonitor survey, commissioned by the Luxemburger Wort, showed that two thirds of respondents supported the formal apology released by the government.

The admission came 70 years after the end of WWII when evidence came to light in the Artuso Report showing the acting government had persecuted Jews by, among other things, preventing those who fled the country from returning to their homes.

A resolution for the apology received unanimous support from the 60-member parliament when it was discussed on June 9.

The 190-page Artuso report, produced by Vincent Artuso, broke a decade-old silence on Luxembourg’s treatment of the Jews, when it was published in February 2015.

Its conclusions suggest the Luxembourg authorities had a “morally dubious attitude to Jews”.

While not all residents polled had heard of the report (43 percent were aware of it), just under half said that the issue should have been addressed long before now.


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