This Day in Jewish History 1941: 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.

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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...