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Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Noord-Holland municipalities investigate expropriated Jewish real estate

A group of municipalities in North Holland will conduct an investigation into confiscated Jewish real estate. The focus of the research is on the role of the municipalities in the expropriation of Jewish properties during and after the Second World War, the municipalities write in a joint press release.

These are Alkmaar, Den Helder, Bergen, Castricum, Heiloo, Dijk en Waard (Langedijk and Heerhugowaard), Hollands Kroon, Schagen and Texel. They are affiliated with the Regional Archive Alkmaar. That archive accompanies the research, which is being carried out by Radboud University in Nijmegen.

During World War II, Jewish residents were forced to leave their homes. The real estate in their possession was expropriated and often sold on, according to the municipalities. The investigation is intended to answer questions about the actions of the municipalities in that process of expropriation. It also examines what the municipalities did to restore rights for Jewish citizens and their next of kin after the liberation.