Compensation for victims of Dutch Railways (NS): applications are open

From the fifth of August 2019 until the fifth of August 2020, victims or their next of kin can apply for individual compensation in relation to train transports carried out by the Dutch Railways (NS) during WWII.

The NS has published the guidelines for Individual Compensation for Victims of WWII Transport by NS. The following is the information on the application process as provided by the NS.

“During the Second World War, the Dutch Railways (Nederlandse Spoorwegen or NS as it is commonly referred to), operated trains on behalf of the occupying forces. This is a dark chapter in the history of NS. Towards the end of November 2018, Holocaust survivor Salo Muller and NS CEO Roger van Boxtel jointly decided to set up a committee to examine how individual compensation could be provided for survivors and next of kin of those who were transported by NS to be taken to concentration or extermination camps.

The Committee on Individual Compensation for Victims of WWII Transport by NS was appointed in January 2019. The Committee is independent and focuses on how individual compensation could be provided for survivors and their next of kin. It is also responsible for the actual implementation of the scheme. The Committee presented its advice to NS on 26 June 2019 (you can read it here ) and the NS has adopted the Committee's recommendation.”

How to apply

The allocation of compensation happens on the basis of, and under the prerequisites of, the Committee’s compensation regulations. All information can be found on the Committee’s website here.

The application procedure is conducted digitally. The procedure has been designed to minimize the effort required from applicants.
Free support is available for individuals who are unable to obtain assistance from their family or friends. If you require support, please contact one of the following organizations: 
JMW: +31 088 – 165 22 00
Stichting Pelita: +31 088 – 330 51 11

The Dutch embassy in Israel would like to add that “Irgun Olei Holland” (IOH) has took it upon itself to support Dutch people in Israel who require help. The IOH can be reached, for this specific topic, from Monday to Friday, from 10:00 until 14:00, at tel.nr : 03-5625611.

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