Prayers for the Jews
The reports about the persecution of the Jews in Europe make a deep impression. There are Jews in Suriname and on the Antilles and Aruba, too. In the synagogues, but also in all churches, temples and mosques, prayers are said for the Jews. The population is willing to take in Jewish refugees. But the governors disagree.
Jews of an enemy country
In June, governor Wouters refuses access to Jewish refugees from Austria who arrive in the port of Curacao by ship. They are allowed entry only after pressure from the minister for Colonies. But because they are citizens of an enemy country they are detained on Bonaire. They are given a little more freedom of movement only in 1942 after repeated requests from the Jewish aid committee (Joods Hulp Comité).
Suriname willing to accept Jewis refugees
At the request from this committee and the government in London, Suriname declares itself willing to accept Jewish refugees from the Netherlands. Around 200 Dutch Jews arrive in Suriname via Portugal and Jamaica. They are given their own neighbourhood on the outskirts of Paramaribo.