Friday 10 July 2020

A round up of the best stories about the Netherlands and all things Dutch from leading international publications


At 97, a Dutch resistance hero wants to give fellow Jewish fighters overdue recognition

At 97, a Dutch resistance hero wants to give fellow Jewish fighters overdue recognition

Shortly after her capture by the Nazis in 1944, Dutch resistance fighter Selma van de Perre was transferred from a regular prison to the worst concentration camp in the Netherlands. Van de Perre arrived at the infamous Camp Vught about five months after its commander, Adam Grunewald, had killed 10 women by cramming them and 64 other inmates into an unventilated, 100-square-feet cell for 14 hours. More >


Dutch Artist Daan Roosegaarde didn’t want to accept the commission for a new Holocaust memorial

Dutch Artist Daan Roosegaarde didn’t want to accept the commission for a new Holocaust memorial

When he was asked to create a memorial to the 104,000 Jewish, Roma, and Sinti people from the Netherlands who were killed during the Holocaust, Daan Roosegaarde hesitated. The Dutch artist, engineer, and master of light-based art and design was not sure at first whether to accept such a delicate and complicated assignment. More >



Meet the Dutch girls who seduced Nazis — and lured them to their deaths

Meet the Dutch girls who seduced Nazis — and lured them to their deaths

When she came across a Nazi killing an infant by repeatedly swinging its tiny body against a brick wall, Truus Oversteegen didn’t flinch. The freckle-faced teenager, who was just three months shy of her 17th birthday when Germany invaded the Netherlands in May 1940, was a newly minted member of the Dutch resistance. She had been mostly assigned to hide Jewish children, political dissidents and homosexuals in various safe houses throughout Haarlem, her hometown, which was about 12 miles west... More >


Photographers take to the sky to capture Holland’s LED greenhouses

Photographers take to the sky to capture Holland’s LED greenhouses

German aerial photographer Tom Hegen has dedicated his craft to exploring the impact that humans have on the natural world. For better or worse, his work shows how we have shaped the environment and made changes that are often irreparable. His latest journey into the sky saw him photographing Holland’s LED greenhouses, which have allowed The Netherlands to remain a formidable force in food production and export. More >