Regulation moral restitution for internees in the Dutch East Indies

Are you (a surviving relative) of a homeowner in The Hague who was living in the Dutch East Indies during the Second World War? Were back taxes for ground rent and street tax imposed on you or a relative for 1942, 1943, 1944, 1945 or 1 of those years? If so, you may be eligible for individual moral restitution for internees in the Dutch East Indies. This regulation applies from 1 June 2018 to 31 May 2019.

Back taxes for homeowners in the Dutch East Indies

After the Second World War, the Municipality of The Hague imposed back taxes on homeowners who were in the Dutch East Indies between 1942 and 1945. They or their surviving relatives were obliged to pay ground rent and street tax over those years.

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 feels that this approach was too one-sided. The municipality feels that it is important to rectify the actions from that time and has therefore decided on moral restitution.

The Municipality of The Hague is offering the opportunity for individual moral restitution to homeowners who were interned in the Dutch East Indies. These are homeowners or their surviving relatives who paid ground rent and street tax over the 1942-1945 period through back taxes. The amount in guilders at the time will be converted to what would be the current value today. The municipality has reserved a sum of € 150,000 for this purpose.

Eligibility

To be eligible for individual moral restitution, the municipality asks you to substantiate that the following is the case:

  • immovable property in private possession whose owner was in the Dutch East Indies and was interned as a citizen or war internee by the Japanese authorities during the period between 8 March 1942 and 15 August 1945.
  • payment of overdue ground rent and/or street tax for the years 1942-1945 to the Municipality of The Hague, payment of which has not already been compensated in some way.

Read what information you need and how you can obtain this information on the page Moral restitution for internees in the Dutch East Indies: gathering the required documents.

Apply

You can submit an application by completing and printing the form below and sending it with the required evidence to:

Gemeente Den Haag
Adviescommissie voor Individueel Moreel Rechtsherstel voor geïnterneerden uit Nederlands-Indië
t.a.v. mr. A.J.M. Sieben
Postbus 12 600
2500 DJ Den Haag

Would you prefer to provide the documents digitally? If so, scan the documents and send them to: indischmoreelrechtsherstel@denhaag.nl.

Application for individual moral restitution for internees in the Dutch East Indies (PDF, 159,6 kB)

Contact

Do you have any questions? Send an email to indischmoreelrechtsherstel@denhaag.nl. If you provide your phone number in your email, the municipality will contact you within 2 working days.

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