Skip to comments.Brussels Confesses Deporting Jews to Death Camps
Posted on 09/03/2012 12:41:39 AM PDT by Eleutheria5
(AFP) - The city of Brussels officially recognized Sunday its complicity in the deportation of thousands of Jews to Nazi death camps during World War II.
At a ceremony attended by Israel's ambassador and Belgian Deputy Prime Minister Joelle Milquet, Brussels mayor Freddy Thielemans acknowledged the key role the city's register of Jews played in raids that sent thousands to death camps.
"Without this register of Jews, the progressive arrests and the raid of September 1942 would never have had the same impact in Brussels," Thielemans said, quoted by Belga news agency.
Approximately 5,640 names were registered.
On the other hand, Brussels was credited by Thielemans, who noted that in 1942, city mayor Jules Coelst refused to involve the city's police in the raids and to distribute the yellow stars used to publicly identify Jews.
A state-commissioned study released in 2007 said Belgian authorities agreed in late 1940 to a Nazi demand to register the names of the Jewish population.
In 1942, cities across the country except Brussels and Lieges, began distributing the stars.
Of the estimated 56,000 Jews living in Belgium at the beginning of the war, approximately 25,000 were deported to Auschwitz. Only about 1,200 survived...
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Some nations came clean in the 1950’s, yet a few more since then but for most of the world WWII is ANCIENT history and nobody cares. For the Jews, given nearly 6,000 years of continuous history - it happened YESTERDAY.
I am in my early 40’s and have in the last few years lost grandparents who served in WW2. Hardly ancient history, mate.
And it's up to us (people of The Book) to make damn sure it doesn't happen TOMORROW!
I’m sure they only did it because the German soldiers were eating Belgian babies for breakfast...
You can’t blame them. Belgian babies and waffles make such a great combination.
By your use of the term “mates,” I’m guessing your either from the UK or Australia. I can blame the UK for the White Paper and such travesties as the Struma, but when and where were the UK or Australia ever complicit in the destruction on their own soil? I’ve known survivors who were kept in internment camp in England after finally getting out of Dachau, but that’s perfectly understandable in the middle of a war with refugees born and raised in Germany, and hardly makes anyone complicit in destruction. Please explain.
I use “bloke”, “guy”, “mate” and other terms freely as I have lived OUTSIDE the USA for a long time.
“Complicit in destruction” refers to the European mainland, not the UK and not Australia. The White Paper and not attacking the Concentration camps from the air is another issue altogether. The Holocaust was carried on on European soil not the Island states of GB or AUS.
Is my point clearer?
Indeed. But don’t forget the spekuloos spread...
Oh, during World War II.
I thought they were talking about some current program, to show their “sensitivity” and favoritism to the Paleos, by using it as an excuse to deport their Jews to some Muslim country, boycotting Israel not being enough for their collective antisemitism.
Now I understand. I’ll have to bear that in mind for future.
If youd like to be on or off, please FR mail me.
My apologies, sir.
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