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Dutch politician Lodewijk Asscher focuses on Holocaust and not Dutch slave trade

Dutch politician Lodewijk Asscher focuses on Holocaust and not Dutch slave trade
Dutch politician Lodewijk Asscher focuses on Holocaust and not Dutch slave trade

On Friday, RTV Noord-Holland reported that Dutch government officials are worried about certain schools that fail to teach about the Holocaust in its entirety. Lodewijk Asscher, the minister of integration, shared his concerns with the Dutch Parliament. Asscher told his colleagues that the ministry of eduction is researching on how to best present historical Holocaust information.

Dutch officials believe that teachers are afraid to tackle the subject because of its complexity. The Israeli- Palestinian conflict gives the Holocaust even more layers of complexity, because certain groups don't recognize the United Nations Partition Plan for Palestine.

Prior to World War II there were approximately 140,000 Jews living in the Netherlands, during the war approximately 100,000 were killed. Approximately 5 percent of the Dutch population protected Jews against the inhuman cruelty of the Nazi's.

Geert Wilders successfully lobbied to get the issue placed on the parliamentary agenda. Wilders shared a video last year, with Dutch youth stating that the Holocaust was a blessing. During a parliamentary debate, Asscher said that he was "shocked" and condemned the statements made by the youth. After WWII, the Dutch government established national holidays recognizing the Holocaust and memorializing the 6 million victims.

NLTimes reported last year that a lot of Amsterdam's hidden treasures, have traces of the Netherlands role in the Trans Atlantic Slave Trade. Dutch television personality, Noraly Beyer organized a tour last year, during the Amsterdam Heritage days, taking people past these sites. “In my environment people are too often in ignorance. The African diaspora during the slavery period still leaves its traces in today’s [Dutch] society. People want to know where they come from and what role their family had during that time [the Dutch 'Golden Age']," said Beyer.

The Dutch school system has been under pressure by the black community, who trace their roots back to former Dutch colonies in the Caribbean. Their has been a long consensuses that the Dutch Ministry of Education has romanticized school curriculum, causing the black community to conclude that the Netherlands isn't remorseful for their role in the Trans Atlantic Slave Trade.