Interaction with nonmembers

In general, the NSB was detested. The perception of treason is the main reason for the antipathy towards the Dutch National-Socialists. NSB membership was perceived as a continuous process of treason: every political act in support of the NSB was seen as an act in favor of the occupation and against the Dutch population.

However, on an individual level the degree of antipathy depended on actual behavior. Case studies and a broader sampling of NSB members reveal that NSB members often continued their relations with neighbors, family members and coworkers. More positive judgments were attached to specific individuals in terms of “despite his NSB membership, he was still a decent person.” The “fractured” relationships depended on how the individual expressed himself as a member. The more a member tried to profit from his membership or was openly rude, the higher the chances of fractures in the relationships.

NSB membership could also be a catalyst for previously-held negative opinions. Witnesses testified unfavorably if an NSB member hassled or denounced people. In these cases, the testimonies corresponded with the general negative image of the NSB.

Nova Zemblastraat, Spaarndammerbuurt Amsterdam, August 1941