On 3 October the Dutch Railways will talk to angry descendants of members of the resistance from the Second World War. They criticize the railway company because they do not receive financial compensation. According to Trouw Friday, the Job Cohen committee has already received three thousand claims.
In June it became clear that Jews, Roma and Sinti who were transported by trains from the NS to extermination camps received an allowance of 15,000 euros. In total it would amount to a few tens of millions of euros.
If the person died on the way to or in the concentration camp, the surviving relatives are entitled to an amount of up to 7,500 euros. However, family members of members of the resistance transported to camps do not receive compensation. For them there was no question of genocide as a motive and they therefore fall outside the scheme.
A meeting about the NS scheme has been organized for next weekend, during which Cohen will explain. Organizations for former members of the resistance are also present. Later in September, the Central Body for Former Resistance and Victims (COVVS) foundation meets to discuss the issue. According to chairman Dik de Boef "not everyone feels recognized and they feel excluded".
An NS spokesperson says that "people will be disappointed with every definition". The railway company wants to talk about collective compensation in the form of a monument or educational program.
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