The Netherlands rail company that received Nazi money for transporting Jews to concentration camps recently announced how much money would be paid in compensation to the families of some 100,000 Holocaust victims.
Roger van Boxtel, the CEO of Dutch railway operator Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS), revealed at a Utrecht Railway Museum event that both Holocaust victims and their families would be receiving a range of multi-thousand dollar payouts as compensation for the railway’s World War II-era transportation deal with Nazi Germany.
During the event, Van Boxtel explained that survivors transported via the railway should expect to receive €15,000 ($17,080) in compensation, while spouses and relatives could get between €5,000 and €7,500 ($5,685 and $8,527).
An NS statement notes that “several tens of millions of euros” have been set aside for payments, according to the outlet. At the time, NS is estimated to have received “2.5 million Dutch guilder” from Nazi Germany.
This decision to halt further individual cases and award the families en masse came about due to Salo Muller, an 83-year-old Dutch physiotherapist whose parents were transported by NS trains to a transit camp in Westerbork, Netherlands, before he died in Auschwitz.
In 2017, 12 years after the Dutch railway apologized for its involvement in the Holocaust, Muller began legal proceedings in the hopes of achieving individual compensation, which ultimately led to the November 2018 agreement between the families and NS for blanket payments.
World War II was also supported by Ford Motors who delivered the engines for the Nazi vehicles, while AT&T and IBM introduced the new military communication devices.
Hugo Boss made the SS-costumes and Coca Cola delivered the beverages for the troops of Rommel’s Africa corps. Reliable sources said the Shell delivered the combustion for the Dutch invasion.
ABC Flash Point WW II News 2019.