Jewish Moral Restitution Scheme

Were you a Jewish homeowner or are you a surviving relative of a Jewish homeowner in The Hague during the Second World War? Were back taxes for ground rent and street tax imposed on you or a relative for 1942, 1943, 1944 and 1945 or for one of those years? If so, you may be eligible for the individual scheme for Jewish moral restitution. This scheme was in force from 1 January to 31 December 2018.

The Jewish moral restitution scheme expired on 1 January 2019. You can no longer apply. You can still contact the municipality if you were the owner or leaseholder (or you are an heir to the owner or leaseholder) for 1 of the addresses for which a claim was submitted.

Back taxes for Jewish homeowners

After the Second World War, the municipality imposed back taxes on private Jewish homeowners. They or their surviving relatives were obliged to pay ground rent and street tax for those years. This occurred despite the fact that their property had been appropriated by the German occupying force and they themselves were absent because they had been deported or had gone into hiding.

Municipality decides for moral restitution

In the post-war years, The Hague’s municipal government was primarily focused on reconstruction and a healthy budget. Now the municipality sees that this approach was too one-sided and showed no understanding for the suffering and horrors experienced by the Jewish community. The municipality is keen to rectify the actions from that time and has decided to offer moral restitution.

The municipality is offering Jewish property owners or their surviving relatives who paid ground rent and street tax over the 1942-1945 period the opportunity to claim individual moral restitution. The amount in guilders at the time will be adjusted to the current value. For this purpose, the municipality has reserved a sum of € 2.6 million.

Eligibility

In order to claim eligibility for individual moral restitution, the municipality asked you to provide evidence that:

  • the property concerned was in the private possession of Jewish citizens
  • back payments for ground rent and/or street tax over the years 1942-1945 were made to the Municipality of The Hague
  • this payment was not already compensated by a post-war settlement between the Jewish owner and the ‘war owner’.

More information can be found under Jewish moral restitution: gathering the required documents.

Claims

  • Look at the list of addresses for which claims were submitted before 31 December 2018.
  • If you recognise 1 of these addresses because you were the owner or leaseholder (or you are an heir to the owner or leaseholder) during the war, then you can contact the municipality. You do this by sending an email to: joodsmoreelrechtsherstel@denhaag.nl.
  • You do not submit a new claim. If a positive decision is taken on the application in progress, the municipality will investigate whether you have a right to part of the compensation. This is in line with the arrangements the municipality has made with Jewish organisations.

Contact

If you have additional questions, please send an email to joodsmoreelherstel@denhaag.nl. If you include your telephone number in the email, the municipality with contact you within 1 week.

More information

Start Jewish moral restitution (PDF, 232,9 kB)
Adoption of regulations for individual Jewish moral restitution (PDF, 401,6 kB)
Further details of Jewish moral restitution scheme (PDF, 198,1 kB)