WWII

Anne Frank, 1940
Jun 13 '19 14:00

Wednesday would have been Anne Frank's 90th birthday. The Jewish Dutch girl, whose name and diary have become a symbol for the atrocities committed in the Second World War and the call for an end to anti-Semitism and prejudice, was commemorated in various ways throughout the world.

Two of Anne's classmates, 89-year-old Albert Gomes de Mesquita and 90-year-old Jacqueline van Maarsen, spent the day at Anne's former home on Merwedeplein 37-2 in Amsterdam. There they spoke to school children of various ages, RTL Nieuws reports.

Eerste Kamer, the Dutch Senate
Jun 12 '19 12:10

Toine Beukering, Senator for right-wing nationalist party FvD, apologized for describing Jewish people in the Holocaust as "docile lambs" during an interview with the Telegraaf on Saturday. "That was a very awkward comment. I also regret it and take it back", Beukering now said, the Telegraaf reports.

Screenshot of a NSB propaganda video on the Jeugdstorm
Jun 10 '19 09:23

YouTube removed the Regionaal Archief Alkmaar video channel over "hate speech". The archive channel featured video footage of the Second World War and other archive footage of Alkmaar and its surroundings. The removal may have to do with the fact that Nazi symbols like swastikas can be seen on the WWII footage, NH Nieuws reports. The channel now seems to be back online. 

American war cemetery on Omaha beach in Normandy
Jun 6 '19 13:40

The 75th anniversary of D-Day, the allied invasion that helped liberate Europe from the Nazi occupation in 1944, is being commemorated in Britain and France this week. Prime Minister Mark Rutte attended the commemoration in the English Portsmouth on Wednesday. And Minster Ank Bijleveld of Defense attended commemorations in Normandy and Arromanches on Thursday.

Adolf Hitler (played by Gilbert Gottfried) addressing Anne Frank (Rachel Feinstein) on the Netflix show “Historical Roasts”
May 29 '19 15:30

The new Netflix program “Historical Roasts” has riled up some people in the Netherlands, for its episode featuring a satirical banquet of Anne Frank. The 15-year-old Holocaust victim was portrayed by comedian Rachel Feinstein in the episode, where Frank was made fun of, and also mocked the others on stage at the end of the show.

“Us Jews always get through the pain with laughter. If we don’t laugh, we cry,” said host Jeffrey Ross. “So with that in mind, please enjoy the Roast of Anne Frank, and the end of my career,” he said in the show’s introduction.

Dutch and American flags at the American WWII cemetery in Margraten
May 27 '19 14:00

The Netherlands honored the American soldiers who fought and died in the Second World War during a Memorial Day ceremony at the American cemetery in Margraten on Saturday. American ambassador Pete Hoekstra was among the attendees. "Today, we stand here with bowed heads, deeply grateful to these fallen soldiers for the legacy they have given us. A legacy of freedom and justice for all", Minister Stef Blok of Foreign Affairs said in his speech at the ceremony. 

Damage done by the German bombardment of Rotterdam on 14 May 1940
May 14 '19 15:00

On Tuesday Rotterdam commemorated the 79th anniversary of the Rotterdam Blitz, the German bombardment of the city during the Second World War. "We are still for two minutes. Out of respect for the biggest sacrifice that a person can make: his or her life", Rotterdam mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb said about the two minutes of silence. "They did that for our freedom. We walk in their footsteps."

The National Monument on Dam Square in Amsterdam
May 5 '19 10:18

The Netherlands remembered the victims of the Second World War with commemorations across the country on Saturday. King Willem-Alexander, Queen Maxima and Prime Minister Mark Rutte attended the National Commemoration in Amsterdam on Saturday evening. Amsterdam mayor Femke Halsema stressed that the the lack of freedom during the war must be passed on so that it can be remembered "as if the war were yesterday. Even if no one remembers what it is like to live in an occupied country", Het Parool reports. 

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima at the National Commemoration on Amsterdam's Dam Square, Remembrance Day 2014
May 3 '19 12:40

Over 20 thousand people are expected to attend the National Commemoration of Remembrance Day in Amsterdam on Saturday evening. Attendees include King Willem-Alexander, Queen Maxima and Prime Minister Mark Rutte.

Digital billboards in Amsterdam turned into temporary war monuments on Remembrance Day, 4 May 2019
May 3 '19 11:40

Seventeen digital billboards in the center of Amsterdam will temporarily be changed into war memorials on Remembrance Day on May 4th. Between 4:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, the billboards will tell the stories of Amsterdam people who played an important role during the war, NOS reports. 

Wall of Mussert
May 3 '19 10:50

Gelderland has at least 200 locations that can be considered 'offender heritage' from the Second World War, according to the first ever extensive historical study into offender heritage, De Gelderlander reports. The "Laden Heritage" list includes locations like the Seyss-Inquart bunker in Apeldoorn, Sicherheitsdienst (SD) office in Arnhem, prison De Kruisberg in Doetinchem, the Mussert Wall in Lunteren, Jewish labor camps, and NSB children's homes, according to the newspaper.

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima at the National Commemoration on Amsterdam's Dam Square, Remembrance Day 2014
Apr 30 '19 13:30

Dutch teenagers and adults appreciate the two minutes of silence held on Remembrance Day on May 4th, but teenagers in particular also want more attention to be paid to current wars and the victims of other wars than the Second World War, according to studies by the National Committee 4 and 5 May, NOS reports.

"Forgotten Bombardment" sculpture by Mathieu Ficheroux in Rotterdam
Apr 1 '19 15:10

On Sunday the Forgotten Bombardment was commemorated in Rotterdam at the monument for the victims in the Bospolder-Tussendijken district. The bombing on 31 March 1943 left 426 people from Rotterdam and Schiedam dead, over 400 injured and some 13 thousand homeless, RTV Rijnmond reports.

 Man in a uniform of the Freiwilligen Legion Niederlanden shortly after World War II
Feb 20 '19 15:50

34 elderly Dutch people are receiving a supplementary pension from Germany for their years of service with the Waffen-SS, an armed wing of the Nazi Party's SS organization, current affairs program EenVandaag reports based on its own research.

D-Day flag
Feb 4 '19 09:08

An important American flag from the Second World War will be displayed in the Kunsthal in Rotterdam for two weeks, starting Monday. The D-Day flag flew on landing ship LCC 60 on 6 June 1944, the only landing ship that managed to reach Utah Beach during the Allied invasion of Normandy. According to experts, this is one of the most important objects of the invasion that is still in private hands, RTL Nieuws reports. 

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Jan 10 '19 12:15

A Venlo man who found a grenade on Wednesday evening was instructed by the emergency services not to move after he encountered the explosive, according to his girlfriend. "When he called the emergency services, they said that he had to hold on to the grenade and not move. At one point he just lay down", she said to L1.

Dutch police crime scene tape
Jan 10 '19 07:40

Some 120 people were evacuated on Veestraat in Venlo during the early hours of Thursday morning due to a grenade. One resident lay down on the grenade to keep it from causing too much damage if it exploded, according to the fire department. Defense's explosive disposal department later concluded that the grenade no longer contained any explosive material, NU.nl reports.

Crime scene
Dec 17 '18 16:00

A father and his child found an old grenade in Amsterdam while taking a walk on Sunday evening. The Ministry of Defense's explosive disposal department removed the grenade and safely detonated it, AT5 reports.

The grenade was found in the water on Catharina Boudewijnshof in Guezenveld. The father immediately called the police, who called in the explosive experts. They rendered the grenade harmless at the scene and then detonated it in the port area. 

Nov 28 '18 08:31

NS will pay individual compensation to survivors and relatives of the Holocaust, CEO Roger van Boxtel said to Nieuwsuur. The Dutch rail company earned millions by transporting Jewish people to concentration camp Westerbork during the Second World War.

This puts an end to a battle between NS and Salo Muller, whose parents were transported to Westerbork on an NS train in 1941, when he was five years old. They spent nine weeks in the camp before being transported to Auschwitz, where they died in a gas chamber.

WWII bomb in Amsterdam Oost
Nov 16 '18 16:28

Construction workers in Amsterdam Oost found a decades-old weapon in the backyard of a home in the Watergraafsmeer district. Explosives experts at the scene on Finsenstraat determined it had been already-fired and was thus harmless.

"Kraut girls" and members of the NSB being brought in by members of the Dutch resistance, 11 April 1945
Oct 25 '18 08:58

The Stichting Werkgroep Herkenning - the Foundation for Recognition - is calling on the Dutch government to apologize for the abuse of "kraut girls", or "moffenmeiden" as they are called in the Netherlands, after the Second World War. "Moffenmeiden" refers to women and girls who had any form of friendly relationship with German soldiers during the war. 

An NS train waiting on the tracks (Photo: TahR78/Wikipedia)
Sep 27 '18 07:34

Train traffic from Schiphol to Amersfoort was halted for a short time on Wednesday after an explosive was found near the tracks in Laren. Defense's explosives disposal team cleared it away, Het Parool reports.

The explosive experts believe it is an old explosive, likely dating from World War II. According to the police, there is no danger for local residents or the environment. 

The explosive was found near Doctor Albert Schweitzerweg by people working on the railway.

Train traffic restarted around 2:30 p.m., about an hour after it was halted. 

Jul 18 '18 10:10

A 500-pounder bomb dating from the Second World War was found in the Overbos, between Nijkerkstraat and the A28, in Hoevelaken on Tuesday, the police said on Twitter.

The area where the bomb was found has been closed off to the public. The bomb itself was covered with sand and plates, a spokesperson for the police said to NU.nl. A private security company is keeping an eye on the area, and keeping passersby away from the bomb.

Artist paint brush and palette
Jun 15 '18 12:50

Artist Joost Zwanenburg made an error when he painted a new war memorial at the Herenhof shopping center in Alphen aan den Rijn. The plane depicted on the monument is not the Halifax that crashed in 1944, as it was meant to be, but a different type, NU.nl reports.

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