This Day in Jewish History Jews of Antwerp Are Attacked

In the early years of World War II, the local citizens of Antwerp, spurred by sympathy for the Nazis and a lack of interference from the police, looted Jewish shops, attacked two synagogues and ransacked the home of a local rabbi.

April 14, 1941, was the day when pro-Nazi citizens of Antwerp attacked residents and property in the city’s Jewish quarter, an event that has become known as the “Antwerp Pogrom.” The crowd, encouraged by the German occupying forces, first looted and damaged Jewish-owned shops before turning their rage on two synagogues and the home of a local rabbi.