Dutch Jewish Involvement in Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade

Jews were so influential in the Dutch colonies in the Caribbean that slave auctions scheduled to take place on Jewish holidays often were postponed.

In one area of what used to be Dutch Guyana, 40 Jewish-owned plantations were home to a total population of at least 5,000 slaves before its destruction in a slave uprising in 1832.

Many native Dutchmen view dressing up as Black Pete in December as a venerable tradition, but others consider it a racist affront to victims of slavery.  Through it all, Dutch Jews — some of whom celebrate their own version of the Black Pete custom, called “Hanukklaas” — have largely remained silent.

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