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Pappie Dood!

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A Dutch Resistance leader fooled the Gestapo by teaching his child his first two Dutch words: “Pappie dood!” (Daddy dead!).

Children who may babble innocently to the police have always been a danger to underground workers. Last week a story from the liberated Netherlands told how one Dutch Resistance leader solved the problem. With a Gestapo price on his head, the man used to slip home now & again to…

Air Power v. V-2 Power

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The Allies learned about the German V2 rockets. Hollanders on liberated Walcheren island told of the German’s careful guarding of V-2 launchings.

How much the Allies had managed to learn about the ingenious German enemy’s devilish V-2 rocket bomb was a security secret last week. But it was no secret that they believed they knew one source of its superspeedy power: its fuel. They did something about it.

In sleet-streaked weather a…

S.O.S.

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There is no meat and scarcely any bread in the liberated industrialized regions of the Netherlands. Hordes of refugees had swarmed into the cities, further complicating the food crisis.

In Belgium last week the crisis came to a head. Ever since his return from exile, Belgium’s Communists have attacked Premier Hubert Pierlot. They have criticized his Government’s courageous but unpopular deflation program (TIME, Nov. 6), its slowness in purging collaborators, its handling of food rationing and crippled communications. When…

Straightening the Line

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The only full-scale fighting was in The Netherlands, where the Germans were in orderly retreat northward across the Maas. A new attack against Arnhem was mounted.

While the Allied armies on the western front waited for Antwerp to open up, there could be no general push. So, while U.S. troops, from Belgium south, scrapped fiercely in local actions and conserved their ammunition, the only full-scale fighting was in The Netherlands, where the Germans were in orderly…

The Sixth Winter

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The sixth, and critical, winter of war settled upon Europe with chilling rains, hunger and uncertainty. Dutch citizens were rationed to 1,040 calories of food daily, less than half enough.

he sixth, and critical, winter of war settled upon Europe with chilling rains, hunger and uncertainty. It was different from any winter since 1939, for the focus of despair had shifted from German-occupied countries to Germany. But retreating Nazis left chaotic disruption, vital shortages, and something more portentous. Liberated Europe…

History in the Air

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The sky of Holland filled with Allied parachuters last week. It was smooth and apparently initially successful—a rare thing for the first job of such a complex kind.

Rough-&-ready Lieut. General Lewis Hyde Brereton had fidgeted for weeks waiting for the moment to arrive. Seventeen times since his small-scale assists on D-day he had drawn up the detail of tactics for a historic stroke: the parachuting of an Allied army, a force of truly army size, capable of…

Merger of Champions

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Toothpaste manufacturer Pepsodent was bought by Lever Brothers Co. of Mass., a subsidiary of the Netherlands Lever Brothers & Unilever, N.V.

Three months ago handsome Charles Luckman, 35, vowed he would sell The Pepsodent Co. of Chicago to no one (TIME, April 10). Last week, amid considerable commercial mystery, President Luckman sold the company for “upwards of $10 million.” The buyer was Lever Brothers Co. of Mass., subsidiary of the Netherlands…

Dutch Vengeance

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From London a Dutch voice spoke to Dutchmen to sabotage whenever a chance arises. At home, Dutchmen were already busy and the underground remains strong.

Dutchmen doing labor for the Nazis in Belgium, France and The Netherlands: “Commit acts of sabotage whenever a chance arises . . . damage highways, railroads, waterways. . . . Your chance is here to do your part in the liberation of your country. . . .”

At home, Dutchmen…

Giants in Those Days

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A Java geologist, Dr. R. von Koenigswald of The Netherlands Indies Geological Survey, had dug up bones of prehistoric men bigger than the largest known apes.

There were giants in the earth in those days.—Genesis, VI, 4.

Genesis and many a folk tale notwithstanding, most anthropologists have pictured primitive man as a little fellow somewhere between an ape and a monkey in size. But last week evidence was offered to prove Genesis correct. A Java…

There were giants in the earth in those days.—Genesis, VI, 4.

Genesis and many a folk tale notwithstanding, most anthropologists have pictured primitive man as a little fellow somewhere between an ape and a monkey in size. But last week evidence was offered to prove Genesis correct. A Java…

Only the Beginning

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Henry J. Kaiser shipbuiliding co. fixed the first postwar contract with the Dutch: 30 diesel cargo ships designed for the Netherlands East Indies coastwise trade.

Irrepressible, indefatigable Henry J. Kaiser is fixing to cop the first postwar contract in the shipbuilding industry. The contract: 30 diesel cargo ships designed for the Netherlands East Indies coastwise trade. The production schedule: building to begin “long before” year’s end. Henry and the Dutch, equally shrewd, figured the ships…

Entertainers

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Wilhelmina, Queen of the Netherlands, escaped unhurt, lost two bodyguards, in a direct bomb hit on the house in which she was staying near London.

Ethel Waters was drawing record crowds last week to the same nightspot in which she first sang on Broadway 20 years ago (Cafe Zanzibar—then the Plantation Club). On her dressing table the husky, dusky chanteuse propped a framed poem,

Tell God About It. Excerpts:

O workers in the busy…

Duck Duck Eggs

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About a third of the ducks in The Netherlands are carriers of Salmonella. According to Dutch law, duck eggs cannot be used in commercial preparation of food or drink.

Soldiers who like duck eggs had better restrain their appetites when they invade Europe or the Dutch East Indies. Duck eggs often contain a variety of Salmonella —bacteria which cause paratyphoid fevers and intestinal disorders.

Many European duck eggs are infected. About a third of the ducks in The Netherlands…

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