Achter gesloten deuren - Het Nederlandse notariaat, de Jodenvervolging en de naoorlogse zuivering | Amsterdam University Press Journals Online
Volume 123, Issue 1
  • ISSN: 0040-7518
  • E-ISSN: 2352-1163


During the German occupation of the Netherlands the dispossession and resale of Jewish property could be realized only with the assistance of the public notaries. Their behavior was supposed to be constrained by the Notaries Law and professional ethics, but many cooperated willingly, even though those who refused were not prosecuted by the German authorities. After the war the question arose of what action should be taken against those who had co-operated. Behind closed doors a deal was made between the notaries and the Minister of Justice to exculpate all notaries. The notaries were to make a restitution of their profits, allowing for costs, and the restituted funds were allotted to a public purpose. The deal caused a conflict between the Minister of Justice and the special prosecutor, when the Minister acted to withdraw the tribunalcases against those notaries who had co-operated in the large-scale alienation of Jewish property.


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