Push for rail compensation for Jews deported during Shoah in Holland
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Push for rail compensation for Jews deported during Shoah in Holland

Salo Muller, 84, a former physiotherapist with Ajax, is targeting Deutsche Reichsbahn after he received an apology and payout for survivors from Dutch firm Nederlandse Spoorwegen

A monument at former Nazi transition-camp Westerbork, located in the Netherlands, showing mangled train tracks which brought inmates to the camp
A monument at former Nazi transition-camp Westerbork, located in the Netherlands, showing mangled train tracks which brought inmates to the camp

A former physiotherapist with Ajax Football Club seeking compensation from rail firms for deporting Jews to their deaths has turned his attention to Germany, after winning £45million from the Dutch rail operator.

Salo Muller, 84, is targeting Deutsche Reichsbahn after his campaign against Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS) ended with an apology and payout for survivors of the transportations, their surviving spouses and children.

Muller’s parents were taken by rail from Amsterdam to the Dutch transit camp Westerbork before being transported to their deaths at Auschwitz-Birkenau, the pain of which drives his legal challenges. He said: “I blame the railway company for knowingly transporting Jews to the concentration camps and for killing those Jews there in a terrible way.”

Muller is demanding an apology and financial recompense for 500 Dutch Holocaust survivors and 5,500 descendants or surviving spouses and wrote to German Chancellor Angela Merkel to push his claim. 

His lawyer Axel Hagedorn said: “Germany’s moral responsibility
always remains.”

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