The Protestant Church of the Netherlands (PKN) made a far-reaching recognition of guilt on Sunday for its failure to do more for Jews during World War II.
PKN chairman Rene de Reuver said the church’s role began long before Adolf Hitler came to power in Germany. He said the PKN now recognizes that the church “laid the ground under which anti-Semitism and hatred could flourish.”
“The church recognizes faults and feels a present responsibility,” he said. “Anti-Semitism is a sin against God and against people. The Protestant Church is also part of this sinful history.
De Reuver promised that the Protestant church would work to fight anti-Semitism going forward. “We undertake to do everything possible to further develop Judeo-Christian relations into a deep friendship of two equal partners, united among others in the fight against contemporary anti-Semitism.”