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Luxembourg did the right thing

19.06.2015 From our online archive
Luxembourg was right to apologise for the way it treated the Jewish community during the first months under occupation in WWII, residents have confirmed in a survey.

Luxembourg was right to apologise for the way it treated the Jewish community during the first months under occupation in WWII, residents have confirmed in a survey.

A politmonitor survey, commissioned by the Luxemburger Wort, showed that two thirds of respondents supported the formal apology released by the government.

The admission came 70 years after the end of WWII when evidence came to light in the 'Artuso' report showing the acting government had persecuted Jews by, among other things, preventing those who fled the country from returning to their homes.

A resolution for the apology received unanimous support from the 60-member parliament when it was discussed on June 9.

The 190-page Artuso report, produced by Vincent Artuso, broke a decade-old silence on Luxembourg's treatment of the Jews, when it was published in February 2015.

Its conclusions suggest the Luxembourg authorities had a “morally dubious attitude to Jews”.

The investigation was prompted by the discovery of a list containing the names of 280 Jewish children, thought to have been compiled by school authorities to submit to the Nazi occupiers.

The Artuso report said that certain people “collaborated once they were invited to by the occupier and often fulfilled their task with diligence, zeal even – certain heads of the administration did not hesitate to take the initiative”.

While not all residents polled had heard of the report (43 percent were aware of it), just under half said that the issue should have been addressed long before now. 

The survey was conducted with 965 people and is the third and final instalment of the June Politmonitor results.

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