By Kenny Gotleib

I traveled to the Netherlands this past summer under a grant from my school to conduct research into the motivations of Dutch rescuers of Jews during the Holocaust and the experiences of Dutch Jews during World War II. Specifically, I wanted to identify any common traits among people willing to risk their lives to save others and any common experiences among Jewish survivors that might shed light on how the Nazis were able to murder approximately three-fourths of the Dutch Jewish community and how some Jews were saved. As well, I was interested in how and to what extent the Jewish community has been rebuilt in the Netherlands and the factors that went into decisions of whether to stay in Europe or emigrate.
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