WWII

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.

The grave of an unidentified Dutch WWII victim in Loenen
May 25 '18 16:40

The Dutch Armed Forces' repatriation and identification service is making a final attempt to identify 103 unknown Dutch victims of the Second World War. As the group of immediate surviving relatives is getting smaller and smaller, time is running out to put a name to these still anonymous victims, the Ministry of Defense said, NOS reports.

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May 11 '18 07:57

Shipping and flight traffic is halted in the south of Limburg on Friday, because Defense's explosives ordnance disposal service will be detonating an aircraft bomb dating from World War II in Meerssen, ANP reports.

The bomb weighs 500 pounds and was found during excavation work along the Juliana Canal in mid-May. The shipping traffic in the Juliana Canal between Maastricht and Born will be halted on Friday. No planes may fly across this part of south Limburg on Friday. 

Camp Vught
May 4 '18 14:10

The Dutch government is giving the former WWII concentration camps in Amersfoort and Vught each a once-off amount of 1 million euros for expansion and education, State Secretary Paul Blokhuis of Public Health, Welfare and Sports announced, NOS reports.

Memorial in Neuengamme concentration camp in Germany
May 4 '18 07:19

World War II camp survivor Wim Alosery died in his sleep in the night from Wednesday to Thursday at age 94, a spokesperson for the National Committee 4 and 5 May confirmed. Alosery was set to speak at the National Commemoration on Remembrance Day, AD reports.

Ferdinand Grapperhaus
Apr 27 '18 08:38

Minister Ferdinand Grapperhaus of Justice and Security calls a noise protest during the national commemoration of World War II victims on Amsterdam's Dam square "completely wrong", Het Parool reports. 

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Apr 25 '18 13:10

A noise demonstration during the national commemoration of World War II victims in Amsterdam on May 4th is disrespectful and can be punishable, interim Amsterdam Mayor Jozias van Aartsen said on Wednesday morning. He warned action group Geen 4 mei voor mij not to go through with the demonstration, Het Parool reports.

Port of Amsterdam boats responding to an area on the IJ where a WWII sea mine was found, 1 Feb 2018
Apr 4 '18 10:30

On Wednesday morning the Ministry of Defense's Explosive Ordnance Disposal team removed a sea mine from the IJ in Amsterdam. The World War II mine, which weighs around 600 kilograms, was It will be detonated in Markermeer on Wednesday afternoon, NU.nl reports.

Johan van Hulst
Mar 26 '18 11:00

War hero and former CDA senator Johan van Hulst passed away at the age of 107. Van Hulst was best known for saving Jewish children from the hands of Nazis and their supporters during the Second World War, ANP reports.

Port of Amsterdam boats responding to an area on the IJ where a WWII sea mine was found, 1 Feb 2018
Feb 1 '18 08:28

A sea mine was found during dredging work in the IJ in Amsterdam, near Java Island on Wednesday evening. The police believe the explosive dates from World War II. An explosives clearance team from Defense dived to the bomb late on Wednesday night and will re-enter the water this morning. There is no immediate danger to the surrounding area, according to the police. 

Bag filled with letters from WWII found at Utrecht Central Station, 4 Sept 2017
Sep 5 '17 07:54

A couple from Vught found a plastic bag full of letters dating from World War II at Utrecht Central Station on Monday. Rens and Maartje Zonnenberg would like to find the owner of the letters and posted a call for information on Facebook.

According to Rens, the letters are dated between 1942 and 1944. They are written in Dutch, but the old handwriting make them difficult to read, he said to newspaper AD. The bag was found on a bench on platform 18. "There are more than 100, 150 maybe", he said. 

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.

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