Netherlands

  • Museum to Glorify Nazism is Goal of Dutch Nazi Widow

    The woman known here as the “Black Widow” is planning to turn her villa in the Dutch town of Velp into a museum for the glorification of Nazism. Florentine Rost van Tonningen-Heubel, 83, has the pillars outside her spacious home painted black and red, the colors of the Nazi flag. Large candles inside the home… More ▸

  • Dutch Veterans of Ss Units Seek Pensions from Germany

    A group of German parliamentarians is seeking to block the continued payment of special pensions to people they claim are Nazi war criminals. Their outraged call for an amended law comes amid reports that the Labor Ministry has received in recent days hundreds of applications for state pensions from Dutch citizens who served in SS… More ▸

  • Dutch Call on E.u. Members to Prohibit Holocaust Denial

    Holocaust-denial should be outlawed in all member states of the European Union, Dutch activists have appealed. The call was issued here this week during commemoration ceremonies marking the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp on Jan. 27, 1945. The Netherlands, which holds the rotating presidency of the European Union until July, should use its position… More ▸

  • Wwii Hideout Found in Amsterdam

    In a story that brings Anne Frank to mind, a new owner of an Amsterdam apartment recently discovered a hiding area above a closet that apparently was used during the Holocaust. The apartment owner also found various items in the space that had not been touched in about 50 years. The items included a mattress… More ▸

  • Dutch Muslims Protest U.s., Israel

    About 1,000 fundamentalist Muslims from across the Netherlands demonstrated against the United States and Israel at The Hague last week, the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadam. The crowd also protested Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat’s peace policies. The participants in the demonstration, which occurs annually, marched from the Israeli Embassy to the American… More ▸

  • Dutch Foreign Minister Meets with Palestinians at Orient House

    Despite strong objections from Israeli officials, Dutch Foreign Minister Hans Van Mierlo met this week with Palestinian officials in eastern Jerusalem. Mierlo’s talks Wednesday at Orient House, the Palestine Liberation Organization’s de facto headquarters in eastern Jerusalem, disrupted what was otherwise described as an amicable and productive visit to Israel by a delegation led by… More ▸

  • Orthodox Jews in Holland Ruffled by Ads Against Aids

    Some Jews here have voiced their opposition to an outdoor advertisement campaign against AIDS. The advertisement depicts a nude black man and white woman, who is in her underwear and is holding a condom. In the ad, the woman is saying to the man: “If you put something on, I take something off.” The Dutch… More ▸

  • Amsterdam Tightens Security for European Maccabiah Games

    Security measures at the European Maccabiah Games here have been tight, with more than 500 police officers on duty during the games. More than 1,500 athletes from 26 nations, mostly European, are taking part in the games, which have drawn thousands of spectators. More than 5,000 people attended the opening ceremony. At the opening ceremony,… More ▸

  • Dutch Holocaust Monument Vandalized

    A Dutch monument honoring 350 concentration camp prisoners was recently found daubed with black tar, officials said. Because of the vandalism, the monument probably will be demolished. The tar penetrated the porous limestone of the monument so deeply that it is almost impossible to clean, officials said. No suspects have been found. During the Holocaust,… More ▸

  • Controversy in Holland Erupts over Commemoration’s Attendees

    A fight has erupted in the Dutch Jewish community over a planned commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the end of the German occupation here. The controversy, which has been covered extensively in the general Dutch press, concerns who should take part in the event, which is set to take place Sunday at the 3-century-old… More ▸