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NS to set up committee on individual compensation for Second World War

It was announced on 27 November that a committee will be formed which will focus on the desire for individual compensation for Second World War survivors and next of kin, affected by the fact that NS operated trains on the occupiers’s instructions. We understand that this triggers various questions. Here you will find more information on this topic.


Where can I find the most recent information on this topic?

As soon as there is news on the committee and related subject, we will publish this via nieuws.ns.nl/tegemoetkoming and nieuws.ns.nl/tegemoetkomingwo2.

Why is NS doing this?

During the Second World War , NS operated trains on the occupier’s instructions. This marks a black page in the history of our country and our company, which we will not ignore.  Mr Salo Muller, a Holocaust survivor, spoke to CEO Van Boxtel on various occasions. It has become clear from these talks with Mr Muller that there is a desire for individual compensation. It is the opinion of NS that no one will benefit from lengthy legal proceedings. As a result, a joint decision has been taken not to initiate legal proceedings but to set up a committee. 

What is the remit of the committee?

The remit of the committee will be to consider how NS can issue individual compensation on moral grounds. The committee will reflect on the question on how individual compensation to survivors and next of kin can take shape. 

How much money is involved?

This is not yet known.

Who will be the members in the committee

Jointly with Mr Muller we will designate a committee and formulate its remit. We expect to be able to give more details on this in the beginning of 2019.

Who qualifies for individual compensation?

It will be part of the remit of the committee to deliver an advice on this. 

I think I might qualify for individual compensations. Do I need to register somewhere?

It is not yet known how this compensation will work and for whom it is intended. As a result, it is not yet possible nor necessary to register for this compensation. It is our  expectation that we will be able to clarify this matter in the course of 2019. 

Why has NS chosen in the past for collective commemorations over individual compensation?

We always felt that individual compensation could never do justice to what happened in the past and the suffering that is caused. Any individual compensation is by definition too little and too late. This is why NS, in the past few decades, elected for a collective commemoration of the suffering brought upon so many people at the time. The purpose of this activity has been to persist in learning, honoring and commemorating. 

What is meant with collective commemorating?

NS honors and commemorates victims of the Second World War, in particular the victims of the Holocaust. That is why we donate to monuments, exhibitions and education. By doing so, NS contributes to keeping alive the memory of the Second World War and the Holocaust. NS is actively involved with the commemoration center of Westerbork, supports the Foundation 4 and 5 May, the Foundation Sobibor and recently the foundation of the National Holocaust Museum in Amsterdam. Furthermore, NS curates and maintains over a hundred monuments near and at stations in The Netherlands. We do this to pay tribute to all victims and next of kin.

Further questions?

In case you have any other questions relating to this subject, you are kindly requested to send an email to hamelynck@ns.nl.