The Mauritshuis museum decided to remove a bust of Johan Maurits van Nassau-Siegen, governor of the Dutch colony in Brasil from 1637 to 1644, from the museums foyer. The decision stemmed from "the growing public debate about we deal with slavery in the Netherlands (and in museums)", the Mauritshuis explained, according to the Volkskrant. The removal of the bust sparked a storm of outrage and criticism from people feeling that the Netherlands' history is being destroyed.
The Dutch government should do more to protect historic shipwrecks in the Wadden Sea and North Sea from looters, tides and mussel bank constructions, the five coastal provinces wrote in a letter to Minister Jet Bussemaker of Education, Culture and Science. If there is no intervention, hundreds of those historic shipwrecks and their sometimes precious cargo may be lost, they write, NOS reports.
The provinces want an investigation to be done to map the status of the shipwrecks. Based on the results, the necessary measures can be taken.
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.
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.
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.
About a century after her execution by firing squad in 1917, some of Dutch spy Mata Hari's possessions went up for auction at Amsterdam auction house De Zwaan. The auction included photos, objects, furniture and toys that belonged to her two children. All in all it raised 45 thousand euros on Monday, NOS reports.
A letter written by the widow of writer Multatuli in 1930 recently surfaced in Groningen. It was found in a old book, which was recently given to a used book shop, RTV Noord reports.
In the letter widow Mimi Hamminck Schepel thanks an employee of the University of Groningen for his commitment to the work of her deceased husband Multatuli. By that time he had been dead for almost half a century.
Franz Anton Stapf is registered as a Jewish war victim in the official commemorative book, on the list of the Holocaust memorial center Yad Vashem in Israel and on the wall panels of the Hollandschse Schouwburg in Amsterdam. But new research shows that he was in fact a full-blooded Nazi who worked as a press photographer in Amsterdam from 1935 and fought on the Eastern Front from 1941, the Volkskrant reports.
A poem handwritten by Anne Frank on March 28th, 1942 will soon be auctioned offat auction house Bubb Kuper in Haarlem on Wednesday. The starting price is 30 thousand euros, NOS reports.
Anne Frank wrote the poem for a poetery album her friend Christiane van Maarssen was making. Her sister jacqueline van Maarssen - Anne's best friend - put the poem up for sale. The poem consists of eight lines, is addressed to (translated to English) "Dear Cri-Cri" and ends with the words "In memory of Anne Frank."
The wreks of cruisers Hr. Ms. De Royter and Hr. Ms. Java and a large part of Hr. Ms Kortenaer - serving as the war graves of over 900 Dutch soldiers and some 250 Indonesian soldiers off the coast of Indonesia - disappeared for unknown reason, Defense Minister Jeanine Hennis Plasschaert wrote to Dutch parliament, RTL Nieuws reports.
Kirstallnacht was quietly commemorated in Amsterdam on Wednesday night. Despite disagreements between various organizations who wanted to organize the memorial, there were no incidents, NOS reports.
During the night of November 9th to 10th, 1983 Nazis in Germany burned down 1,400 synagogues and 7,500 Jewish stores. Hundreds of Jews were murdered. Kristallnacht was the first major assault against Jews in Germany since the Nazis took power in 1933. It marks the change from discrimination against Jews to systematic persecution that eventually ended in the Holocaust.
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
On Thursday the National Military Museum in Soesterberg received the first American to be planted on D-Day in 1944. The flag is on loan from collector Bert Kreuk, who bought it at an auction for 500 thousand dollars.
Two researchers believe they know what is written in a letter for future generations as a homage to Benito Mussolini - leader of Fascist Italy from 1922 to 1945 - hidden under a huge obelisk. The historians raced the text and presented it on Wednesday
Vincent van Gogh did not cut off only his earlobe, but his entire left ear, according to a letter by the artist's doctor that forms part of the Van Gogh Museum's exhibit On the verge of insanity.
The weapon believed to be the one Vincent van Gogh used to commit suicide in 1890, surfaced in France and will be on display to the public for the first time in the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam from Friday
Dozens of protesters disrupted the national commemoration of the abolition of slavery in Amsterdam's Oosterpark on Thursday evening. They protested against organizer NiNsee's decision to hold the commemoration on June 30th, instead of the usual July 1st
The Netherlands' annual national commemoration of the abolition of slavery will be held in the Oosterpark in Amsterdam on Thursday night. Friday is the 153rd anniversary of the Dutch government abolishing slavery in Suriname and the former Netherlands Antilles.
Dutch art collector Bert Kreuk bought the first American flag plated on D-Day via a telephonic auction for over 500 thousand dollars
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.
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."
Now 102-year-old former resistance fighter Hebe Kohlbrugge will lay a wreath on the Dom square in Utrecht on Remembrance day on May 4th, the Utrecht committee for 4 May - Remembrance day announced on Friday
The remnants of a 17th century Jewish ghetto was unearthed during excavations in Amsterdam earlier this month. The discovery was made by a construction crew digging a foundation for a housing complex and hotel on Valkenburgerstraat, just north of an Esnoga.
The Overloon war museum in Brabant and the Eyewitness Museum in the Limburg town Beek jointly bought a World War II document showing Germany's second ultimatum to Rotterdam and the city's surrender