Dutch police Jew hunters were sadistic

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The special unit within the Dutch police force charged with rounding up and arresting Jews during World War II was notoriously cruel, according to the writers of a book entitled ‘Jew Hunt’, due to appear in the bookstores today.

Ad van Liempt and Jan Kompagnie claim that the special commando unit was popular within the police force, as the officers received a special bonus for every Jew they arrested. But, say the authors, money was not the main motivation - they were largely driven by anti-Semitism.

The Dutch police used excessive force against the Jews during the raids. There are also widespread allegations of sexual abuse and theft.

More Dutch Jews murdered The rounding up of Jews started in 1942 in the Netherlands. In July, 1,137 Jews were transported from the Dutch camp Westerbork to Auschwitz, as there were no exterminaton camps in the Netherlands.

The percentage of Jews from the Netherlands murdered by the Germans and their associates in World War II was higher than in any other Western European country. There were approximately 140,000 Jews in the Netherlands at the outbreak of the war, representing 1.6 percent of the Dutch population. In Amsterdam they made up about 9.5 percent of the city's population.

Some 107,000 Jews were deported during the war, 102,000 of whom were murdered. Most of the remainder went into hiding.

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