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24 Cheshvan 5761 - November 22, 2000 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly








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Intermarriage on Rise in Holland
by S. Fried

Leaders of Dutch Jewry have expressed shock over a recent communal study disclosing the following unprecedented statistics:

Most of the members of their community are partners to intermarriage. Since various members of the community are opposed to awarding Holocaust reparations to intermarried couples and their offspring, a study was conducted to verify the numbers involved.

According to the reparations agreement, which was unsuccessfully challenged in the Dutch court by a group of Holocaust survivors, assimilated families are to be included among the recipients of reparation. The recently published demographic study indicates that of 35 thousand people eligible for reparations, 2300 have intermarried and have produced 27,000 offspring.

The Dutch government, banks, insurance companies and stock markets are due to pay more than 225 million British pounds as compensation. More than 191 million British pounds will be distributed equally among those who, as the agreement stipulates, "were persecuted or robbed," and their offspring.

The Dutch Parliament has approved a proposal by the Jewish umbrella organization, C.G.O., which will also grant every Holocaust survivor "who has least one completely Jewish parent" a share of the funds. These funds, earmarked for Holocaust survivors who have died since the war, will be distributed to their offspring. C.G.O had estimated that these allocation criteria would result in the inclusion of approximately 10% of Dutch Jews who have intermarried, or to their offspring. However, it has become clear that the situation is far worse.

The community had opposed conducting any demographic study since World War Two, claiming that during the war, such statistics enabled the handing over of most of Holland's Jews to the Nazis, facilitating their expulsion and death. In light of the argument over allocation of the compensation payments however, the C.G.O. arranged for the study which was conducted by a well-known Dutch institute.

The study indicated that there are 45,000 Jews in Holland, among them 9000 who come from Israel and other countries. Only half of Holland's 36,000 native-born Jews define themselves as Jews. 60% of the Jews are intermarried. Only 47% have two Jewish parents. An additional 24% have Jewish mothers.

The organization spokesman estimates that at this rate, only a few thousand Jews will remain in Holland within the next few generations.


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