Cruel and Humiliating

Himmler, Seyss-Inquart and Rauter decided to set an example: the first round-up against Jews became a fact. On Saturday afternoon, 22 February 1941, a column of German trucks appeared near Waterlooplein. The area was completely cordoned off. Young Jewish men were ruthlessly herded together on Jonas Daniël Meijerplein, in Amsterdam. On the following day, many Jewish men were arrested. A total of 427 Jews between the ages of twenty and thirty-five were deported to the Schoorl Camp.

It wasn’t enough to round them up and deport them. The Nazis felt the need to humiliate at least one of the young men. One German, M.P. Grüne Polizei, was seen dealing a blow in a man’s face in front of his friends and family.

The men captured during the round-up were transported in an army truck to the Concentration Camp Schoorl. The group of 427 people only stayed four days and then they were deported to Buchenwald. Then in June 1941, they were subsequently deported to Mauthausen Concentration Camp. Only two of these groups survived the war.

It wasn’t enough for the Nazis to be cruel—they had to humiliate them.



  1. Dinah Foster says:

    There is an excellent article in the Wall Street Journal by writer James Taranto , dated Friday , January 20, 2006 , under DE GUSTIBUS , titled “He Didn’t Say Uncle”, “But Salvador Taranto lived to become one”. You can find this article if you Google James Taranto, under the date 1/20/06.


    1. dirkdeklein says:

      Thanks will look into it


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