WWII

Large stash of WWII munitions discovered in a shed on Paukeslag in Etten-Leur after it caught fire, 29 May 2017
May 30 '17 14:45

Etten-Leur residents were shaken by sudden explosions on Monday night when a shed containing a large collection of WWII munitions caught fire. The fire caused a number of the WWII items to blow up. The fire was extinguished and an Explosive Ordnance Disposal team is investigating, according to NU.nl.

Amsterdam prepares for the national commemoration ceremony on Dam Square for Liberation Day, 4 May 2017
May 5 '17 07:47

At 8:00 p.m. on Thursday the Netherlands commemorated the victims of World War II with two minutes of silence. Eleven people were arrested at or around the Remembrance Day commemoration ceremony on Dam Square in Amsterdam. According to the police, most committed minor offenses, AD reports.

Amsterdam preparing for the Liberation Day commemoration ceremony on Dam Square, 4 May 2017
May 4 '17 14:50

NS is halting all trains at exactly 8:00 p.m. for the national two minutes of silence to commemorate the victims of World War II on Remembrance Day today. In a video posted online, the Dutch railway company explains how it will manage to stop 330 trains at exactly 8:00 p.m.

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima at the National Commemoration on Amsterdam's Dam Square, Remembrance Day 2014
May 4 '17 11:10

A commemoration for asylum seekers who died in the crossing to Europe arranged for Amsterdam on Thursday evening, at the same time as the national commemoration for WWII victims for Remembrance Day, has been canceled, the initiators announced in an open letter. "Because it was never our intention to commemorate refugees from angry words, we decided to stop our initiative", Matthijs Jaspers said, Het Parool reports.

Nazi soldiers in WWII
May 3 '17 10:23

In the run up to Remembrance Day on Thursday and Liberation Day on Friday, 89-year-old Dick Woudenberg decided to share his story of growing up in a pro-Hitler household. His parents were prominent members of Dutch fascist party NSB, which he himself later joined, and he grew up with a growing adoration for Adolf Hitler, Woudenberg said on RTL Late Night on Tuesday evening.

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima at the National Commemoration on Amsterdam's Dam Square, Remembrance Day 2014
May 2 '17 12:30

Most places in the Netherlands should be able to hold the National Commemoration on May 4th without worrying about rain, according to the Dutch weather services. Liberation Day on May 5th should also be dry in most places. Both Remembrance Day and Liberation Day are expected to be cool, with maximum temperatures around 14 degrees Celsius. 

The Honor List of the Fallen 1940 - 1945, located in the Netherlands' parliament building in The Hague
May 2 '17 11:50

When members of the Dutch Senate and Parliament lay down flowers at the Honor List of the Fallen 1940-1945 on Thursday, there will be one less name on the list. The institute for war, Holocaust and genocide studies NIOD removed the name of Jacob Adriaan Detmar from the list after it was discovered that he worked as an informant for German police and intelligence service SD, NOS reports.

Meinoud Rost van Tonningen at his wedding to Florentine Heubel, 21 December 1940
Apr 27 '17 13:50

Dutch Nazi collaborator and leading member of fascist party NSB Menoud Rost van Tonningen and some of his fellows attempted a coup in the Netherlands in early in 1940, NOS reports based on research by historians Edwin Klijn and Robin te Slaa. The group of NSB members wanted to use the coup to prevent Germans invading the Netherlands.

The coup did not succeed and the Germans invaded the Netherlands on May 10th, 1940. Within five days of that date, the Dutch army had to capitulate. 

Liberation plane in Amsterdam, 5 May 1945
Apr 20 '17 11:40

A call for eyewitnesses of a liberation plane landing in Amsterdam on May 5th, 1945 produced rare video footage of the actual plane. The 47 second long video was submitted by Els Kronenberg-Willems, whose father made the film, Het Parool reports.

Mar 6 '17 14:19

The Anne Frank House in Amsterdam is being renovated. The renovations will include a new, larger entrance on the Westermark and more space for educational visits, AD reports. 

The former student housing on the Westermark will become part of the Anne Frank House, making more space available at the museum for educational tours and visitor facilities. The museum also plans to offer visitors more historical context, so that they can better experience the story of Anne Frank and her hiding place.

Camp Vught
Mar 6 '17 12:35

Jeroen van den Eijnde, director of Camp Vught where the National WWII Monument is located, is calling for a new examination of the camp using modern techniques. According to him, archeological excavations last week again showed that a new dig is necessary, Omroep Brabant reports. 

Recent excavations at the site uncovered numerous fragments and remains from World War II, including bullets and pieces of Bakelite radios, which were made in the camp.

Schiphol
Jan 16 '17 13:55

The safe detonation of some 30 WWII era bombs will start in a field in Rijsenhout, near Schiphol airport, on Monday. Many explosives are found in the Rijsenhout area as the Germans constructed a mock airfield there during the Second World War to divert attention from Schiphol, Het Parool reports.

A total of 30 bombs were recently found in the area. Four have already been detonated. In the coming weeks explosive experts will set off two more bombs per day. If all goes to plan, the last bomb will be dismantled on January 25th.

North Rhine-Westphalia Police
Jan 16 '17 09:24

Archeologists digging at former Nazi concentration camp Sobibor in western Poland found a pendant that may link a German girl to holocaust victim Anne Frank. The pendant contains a date of birth, a place of birth and on the other side the Jewish greeting Mazal Tov.

Sep 19 '16 13:30

Some 400 paratroopers were dropped on Ginkel Heide in Ede on Saturday afternoon to commemorate the 72nd anniversary of the WWII Battle of Arnhem airborne operation called Market Garden

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Jul 28 '16 15:45

The municipality of Apeldoorn will neat millions of euros from the government to clean up ammunition and explosives left behind in the woods around the city by the German army after the Second World War, a spokesperson for the municipality said to broadcaster NOS.

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Jul 27 '16 10:38

German explosives left behind in the woods around Apeldoorn after the Second World War, pose a larger threat than previously thought, according to a report by TNO and the fire brigade. If there is a fire, the area is too dangerous for firefighters to enter, which could result in uncontrollable fires that could threaten residential areas as well as numerous attractions

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Jul 25 '16 12:00

Three so-called Stolpersteine were stolen from Graaf Florisstraat and Mathenesserlaan in Rotterdam, RTV Rijnmond reports. These memorial stones consist of plaques built into the sidewalk in front of houses where people lived who were deported in the Second World War. It mostly involves Jewish people.

Amsterdam City Hall
May 16 '16 08:24

The municipality of Amsterdam is making 10 million euros available to the Jewish community as compensation for ground leases they had to pay upon returning to Amsterdam following the Second World War, the municipality announced on Sunday.

May 13 '16 11:55

The Netherlands new National Holocaust Museum in Amsterdam is opening its doors to the public for the first time on Monday with an exhibition by Jeroen Krabbe, the museum announced in a press release. According to the museum, it is the first location in the Netherlands that presents a "complete overview of the history of the persecution and genocide of the Dutch Jews."

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Apr 22 '16 12:40

Alphons Meeuwis died at the age of 99 in his hometown of Cadier en Keer in Limburg on April 14th. During his youth, Meeuwis was an underground newspaper deliverer in World War II. He secretly delivered illegal newspapers Pieter 't Hoen and Het Parool

Amsterdam City Hall
Nov 20 '15 10:47

Amsterdam treated Jewish leaseholders who were robbed of their property during the Second World War "unnecessarily harsh" after the war, according to the book "Openstaande rekeningen", or Open accounts in English, which was presented on Friday.

Police sign
Jul 3 '15 13:05

The police discovered and seized a fair amount of World War II weapons in a locker on Kernreactorstraat in Veerendaal on Thursday evening.

Netherlands American Cemetery in Margraten
May 27 '15 19:02

A large number of American families have contacted the Netherlands American Cemetery in Margraten, Limburg through email in order to find out how to get in touch with the Dutch families who adopted their relatives' headstones and grave sites, the Washington Post reported on Tuesday. Thousands of families, mainly from the Netherlands, but also from Belgium and Germany have volunteered and committed to take care of all 8,300 graves of American men and women buried at the cemetery.

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May 4 '15 11:27

About 2 thousand people, including 60 Canadian World War II veterans between the ages of 90 and 97 years, attended a memorial service at the Canadian cemetery in Groesbeek on Sunday afternoon.

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