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.
Activist Christa Noella is calling for a boycott of Remembrance Day with the Dutch hashtag #geen4meivoormij on social media. According her, "Remembrance Day lost its value due to the hypocrisy of society" and May 4th is "meaningless we just let the rise of fascism and Islamophobia in the Netherlands take its course", she writes on Facebook.
The Amsterdam Housing agency increased the rents in the ghettos Asterdorp and Transvaalbuurt with 25 to 30 percent when Jews were forced to move there during World War II. The Housing agency likely never gave the 10 guilders deposit charged back to the Jews who lived in the ghettos, but did declare the expenses for housing the Jews three times, according to the Book Asterdorp
Two Jewish men who fled the Netherlands in a hijacked 75 years ago were reunited at the same, now restored boat on Thursday in Scheveningen. This hijacking happened shortly after the Netherlands surrendered to Germany.
The Work Group for Missing Persons in World War II has identified three unidentified war victims based on extensive historical research and DNA relationship testing, the police announced.
One of Bep Voskuijl sisters may have been the one to betray the location of Het Achterhuis, the safe house in in which Anne Frank and her family were hiding before ending up in the concentration camps, to the Nazis in 1944. Bep Voskuijl was one of the people who helped hide the Frank family.
According to recent research, the Germans did not stand in the way of the evacuation of children during the winter famine in the Second World War, but actually helped sending hungry children from the city to the countryside, Het Parool reports.
Dutch resistance hero, the 91-year-old Henk Zanoli, has received and returned a high distinction from Israel. Zanoli earned the Righteous Among the Nations medal for saving a Jewish child from being deported to a concentration camp during the German invasion in the Second World War, but said that keeping the medal would be an "insult to the family", Israeli paper Haaretz reports.
The art collection of Palace Het Loo, the Rijksmuseum and three other museums are thought to include pieces and artifacts that have been looted from a Jewish family.
As per tradition, the Netherlands observed two minutes of silence on Sunday evening at 8 p.m. to remember those lost during and after the Second World War. Remembrance Day took place in 15000 locations throughout the country.
A Dutch court is set to decide on the legal dispute involving Anne Frank's archive. Judgment has already been deferred a few times.