Amsterdam to pay local Jews $11m for Holocaust survivor taxes
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Amsterdam to pay local Jews $11m for Holocaust survivor taxes

Compensation will be given to community over post-World War II penalties levied at Jews when they returned home

Illustrative: Mayor of Amsterdam Eberhard van der Laan (4th R) leads a march from City Hall to the Auschwitz monument in the Wertheimpark in Amsterdam on January 26, 2014, during the national memorial day for the victims of the Holocaust. (AFP Photo/ANP/Remko de Waal via JTA)
Illustrative: Mayor of Amsterdam Eberhard van der Laan (4th R) leads a march from City Hall to the Auschwitz monument in the Wertheimpark in Amsterdam on January 26, 2014, during the national memorial day for the victims of the Holocaust. (AFP Photo/ANP/Remko de Waal via JTA)

The city of Amsterdam will give its Jewish community $11 million as compensation for taxes imposed on Holocaust survivors who returned home to the Dutch capital following World War II.

Upon their return, the survivors were made to pay a tax because their homes were left empty during the Holocaust, according to a report in The Telegraph on Monday. They also had to pay back taxes for the years they had been taken away from the city, as well as insurance fees.

The taxes were discovered by a student in 2013, and that year, Amsterdam Mayor Eberhard van der Laan said the city should “put it right,” according to The Telegraph. On Friday, the city said it would pay the $11 million — an estimate of the total taxes paid by survivors following the war.

“Amsterdam has 5 million to 10 million euros in its coffers that it doesn’t want, and we have no right to it, so we want to give it back to the Jewish community to be used for important projects,” a spokesman for the mayor said, according to the Telegraph. “Finding the individual people or their relatives would be very costly and complex, and that is not the idea.”

The city has suggested the money be put toward a Holocaust memorial monument or community programs.

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