Some people believe that when the Germans invaded the Netherlands in May 1940 the life of its Jewish population changed over night.
This however was not the case. Like in other European countries the undermining and eventual eradication of Jewish life was a gradual process.
Until September 1940 very little changed,It was only then when the German occupation of the Netherlands started to have an impact of the 170,000 Jews living there. A series of anti-Jewish measures started to male life difficult.
Throughout 1941, the situation for Jews in the Netherlands got worse. Jews were banned from public places, subjected to nighttime curfews and travel restrictions. Jewish students were also thrown out of schools and universities. Then, during late 1941, the Joodse Raad(Jewish Council) was tasked with providing lists of workers as the Germans opened a number of forced labour camps.
In may 1942 Jews were ordered to wear a yellow…
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