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The strike of February 1941, one of the few spontaneous mass protests in German-occupied Europe, expressed the Dutch revulsion at Nazi repression and persecution of the Jews. This does not mean every Dutchman was a friend of the Jews, merely that they did not like German interference in domestic affairs. The well-known slogan, Keep your dirty hands off our dirty Jews, expresses this sentiment aptly.
— Dick van Galen Last and Rolf Wolfswinkel, Anne Frank and After: Dutch Holocaust Literature in a Historical Perspective, Amsterdam University Press, 1996, p. 42
The slogan is indeed well-known, but documentary corroboration in regard to protective Dutch attitudes towards their vuile Joden is hard to come by. I recall a denial of this slogan as apocryphal in a symposium published in Harper’s Magazine around 1993. Can anyone corroborate it or cite similar slogans elsewhere?

Crossposted to [info]linguaphiles and [info]history.
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On April 25th, 2006 03:54 am (UTC), madincleveland commented:
Nr, maar mijn familie zijn Nederlands, is mijn Nederlands slecht.. maar ik weet dit de Nederlanders strange..the het Nederlands is geluiden stubborn..it als hen is
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On April 25th, 2006 04:15 am (UTC), larvatus replied:
Well, I got family in Cleveland. Nice blindfold on Theo.
On April 25th, 2006 04:19 am (UTC), madincleveland replied:
east side shaker cleveland hieghts? or if they got money beachwood
this is my town i probably know them
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On April 25th, 2006 04:35 am (UTC), larvatus replied:
Couldn’t begin to tell you. The last time I entered Cleveland, I rode my bike right through. However, if you like philosophy, give my regards to Colin McLarty.
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On April 25th, 2006 05:24 am (UTC), kvschwartz commented:
The strike was so successful that, if I recall correctly, only about 90% of Dutch Jews died during the war.
On April 25th, 2006 05:39 am (UTC), madincleveland replied:
yeah along with half my family..the half that got caught hiding jews..
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On April 25th, 2006 05:45 am (UTC), kvschwartz replied:
My very belated condolences.
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On April 25th, 2006 05:32 pm (UTC), kvschwartz replied:
My statistics were wrong, btw. (See below if you like.) According to wikipedia, 75% of Dutch Jews died, not 90%. That means about 30,000 more Jews survived than I thought.
On April 25th, 2006 05:55 pm (UTC), madincleveland replied:
thanks beleive it or not you made me feel a bit better on a blue day
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On April 25th, 2006 06:07 pm (UTC), kvschwartz replied:
Glad to have helped.
On April 25th, 2006 02:17 pm (UTC), (Anonymous) replied:
Wait, are you sure youd don't mean only 10% died during the war? You wrote that only 90% died...isn't it the other way around and 90% lived?
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On April 25th, 2006 04:51 pm (UTC), kvschwartz replied:
If I recall correctly, at least 90% of Dutch Jews died during the Holocaust.

I was being kinda snarky when I said "only."
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On April 25th, 2006 05:23 pm (UTC), larvatus replied:
Fifty years later Holland still struggles with that past. One might say that the crime of the Nazis has not only been the murder of the Jews, but also creating the so-called survivors’ guilt. This is the feeling among survivors that they had not done enough to try and save their families; the nightmare that the second generation only lives to replace the others, that they are only surrogates, that those others, the murdered ones, deserved life more than they themselves. Holland is different from other countries occupied by the Nazis in that it is very aware of how much it has been found wanting. How was it possible that the long tradition of tolerance and forbearance was discarded so easily? How was it possible that countrymen were expelled who had lived peacefully in the same country for generations?
    Part of the explanation might be inspired by a calvinistic need for guilt. Holland is a country in many ways characterised by a culture of guilt.
    But there are also objective, or rather, historical, resons for this feeling. In 1945 three out of four Dutch Jews were dead. Nowhere else, except in Eastern
Europe, was the percentage that high. Not without reason could Adolf Eichmann, the man responsible for the execution of the Endlösung (Final Solution), that the deportations from Holland ‘were a pleasure to behold’.
    — Dick van Galen Last and Rolf Wolfswinkel, op. cit., p. 10
Wikipedia gives the actual numbers of Jewish lives lost in Holland and their documentary sources.
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On April 25th, 2006 05:30 pm (UTC), kvschwartz replied:
OK, 75%, not 90%.

I should have looked it up before commenting. 75% means about 30,000 more Dutch (and German-Dutch) Jews survived than I thought. That is a big difference -- and no, I am not being sarcastic this time.

Thanks for the link and the quotation.
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