The Dutch Protestant Church apologized on November 8, for having failed to do more to protect Jews during and after the Holocaust, as well as for its role in preparing "the ground in which the seeds of antisemitism and hatred could grow," the Associated Press (AP) reported.
The comments were made during a ceremony ahead of the anniversary of Kristallnacht
, a Nazi pogrom that marked an infamous event in the Holocaust, where Jews throughout Germany and Austria were terrorized, their homes and buildings destroyed and many Jews sent off to concentration camps.
However, as the church expressed, the apology was a long time coming, as they had played a role in creating this climate long before 1938.
"For centuries a rift was maintained that could later isolate the Jews in society in such a way that they could be taken away and murdered," René de Reuver said at the ceremony, speaking on behalf of the Protestant Church in the Netherlands' General Synod, AP reported.
Approximately 70% of Dutch Jewry died in the Holocaust and many, de Reuver included, think it's time the Church admits it.
"The church recognizes faults and feels a present responsibility," he said, according to AP. "Antisemitism is a sin against God and against people. The Protestant Church is also part of this sinful history."
"Eighty-two years since Kristallnacht and the dark shadows of the past have not disappeared from our streets," the Presidents said together
"We will stand against hatred. We will stand against racism against antisemitism. We will stand together in Vienna, in Jerusalem, in Berlin. Never again means never again. Let there be light."