Belgian Jews in Scheveningen about 1916 – image in the magazine ‘Het Leven’ (13 juni 1916)


Though The Netherlands were neutral during the First World War and life went on much as before, the war was clearly present in the daily lives of burghers. In August, following the German invasion of Belgium, a group of Belgian Jews -as well as a great many others- fled North. Members of the NIG (Nederlands Israëlitische Gemeente) in Den Haag took care of the first shelter. They founded a special committee for fugitives, the ‘Haagsch Comité voor Joodsche Vluchtelingen’ with Mr. Eduard Kann as president. After the war most of the fugitives went back, but a sizable number availed themselves of the possibility to request Dutch citizenship.