They Were Meant to Die in Auschwitz. Then, Suddenly, They Came Home

Many Dutch cities are facing disturbing moral questions about the past: What did their municipalities do with the Jewish properties plundered in the Holocaust? This is what they did with respect to the house of my Holocaust survivor parents, on 8 Kamplaan Street in the northern city of Groningen

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Chaim Even-Zohar
Chaim Even-Zohar

I felt as if I was in a movie – then I realized I actually was. I had entered a magnificent villa belonging to Herman and Marlous M., complete strangers whom I had met only half an hour earlier in a café, who had given me the key to their house and allowed me to walk around in it – accompanied by a television crew from the Dutch NOS public broadcaster. The house is located at 8 Kamplaan Street, in the large northern city of Groningen.

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