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Yad Vashem This Month in Holocaust History
January
January 1937, Chess player Israel Diner in Ostend, Belgium

January 1937

Chess player Israel Diner in Ostend, Belgium

Israel Diner (third from the right in the front) was born in Poland. Immigrating to Belgium with his wife in the early thirties, he became one of the best chess players in the country. Diner made Aliyah in 1950, and was considered one of Israel’s top chess players. Israel Diner passed away in 1979.

When the Germans occupied Belgium in May 1940, some 66,000 Jews were living there, 90% of whom were immigrants with foreign citizenship. Approximately 44% of the Jews in Belgium on the eve of WWII perished in the Holocaust.

For further information about Belgian Jewry during the Holocaust, click here.

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