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“Regretfully Obliged”

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Last week, for the third time since World War II ended, there was war in Indonesia between The Netherlands troops and native nationalists.

Last week, for the third time since World War II ended, there was war in Indonesia between The Netherlands troops and native nationalists. The Dutch started it. As they had before, they called it “police action”—a necessary step which, they said, they had been “regretfully obliged” to take…

AID FROM ASIA

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If the fall of China meant a Communist Far East (as European statesmen assumed that it ultimately would) then Marshall Plan dollars would not be able to help Europe much.

“You never hear the one that hits you,” the soldiers say. This observation, both comforting and terrifying, applies also to the great nations and civilizations now on history’s casualty lists. When disaster comes they are looking the other way, or else they are certain that the disaster does not matter…

The Imitation of Christ

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Booksellers all over the world are preparing to meet the demand for the book ‘Imitation of Christ’ from Thomas à Kempis, who lived most of his life in the Netherlands.

Thomas Haemerken came from Kempen near Düsseldorf. He was a shy, quiet little German monk with fresh coloring and piercing brown eyes. He was gentle with everyone, especially the poor. When the psalms were chanted he often stretched on tiptoe toward heaven with his face turned upward. He seldom had…

The Plan

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To undermine Marshall Plan recovery in Europe, International Communism tries to tear Southeast Asia to pieces.

From Madiun to Syriam, from Malacca to Mandalay, the banging and chattering of hand grenades, rifles and automatic weapons punctuated day & night last week. International Communism was trying to tear Southeast Asia to pieces.

The long-range Communist plan, laid down in 1920, is to create Communist governments in all…

A Letter From The Publisher

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A manager of Time returned from W. Europe: “The Netherlands is certainly on its way back, a token of Dutch enterprise is the really remarkable television set I saw at Philips of Eindhoven.”

William S. Honneus, advertising manager of TIME International, returned recently from an extensive business trip to Western Europe with a dossier full of firsthand observations of the European scene. The following excerpts from his personal account may serve to add another viewpoint to the excellent reports of the trained correspondents…

Farewell–with Pink Begonias

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The Dutch celebrate a golden jubilee and say farewell to Queen Wilhelmina.

“First there was the burgemeesters’ convention,” groaned a fat mayor, “then the Queen’s birthday; on Saturday the abdication and then the inauguration. I don’t know when I’ll ever be able to get out of my morning coat.”

It was an amiable protest, for, like nearly every other Hollander, the mayor…

This week, at 68, after half a century of rule, Wilhelmina leaves the throne in favor of her sturdy daughter, 39-year-old Juliana.

Queen Juliana on the cover of Time magazine in 1948.Just 50 years ago, while cannon boomed and church bells rang, an 18-year-old girl with a sweet and melancholy face walked across the ancient square to Amsterdam’s Nieuwe Kerk.* A purple mantle was on her shoulders, a diadem in her hair. She was Wilhelmina, Princess of Orange, about to become… View large cover

 
 

The First World Council

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The most representative meeting of the Christian Church since the Reformation opened at Amsterdam this week at the first Assembly of the World Council of Churches.

The most representative meeting of the Christian Church since the Reformation opened at Amsterdam this week. From 44 countries (six of them behind the iron curtain) and 150 denominations, 450 delegates gathered for the first Assembly of the World Council of Churches. Every major branch of the Christian Church was…

The Big Boy

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A 30-year-old Dutch housewife, long-legged Mrs. Fannie Blankers-Koen, made Olympic history by winning four gold medals.

The kid from California was only 17, and almost unknown. But last week in Wembley Stadium, husky 6 ft. 2 in. Bob Mathias, in two days’ grueling competition, outran, outthrew, and outjumped 34 competitors, to win the Olympic Games decathlon. In victory, at an age when most youngsters are still…

Spurs to Action

994

Delegates to the Western Union conference of Foreign Ministers at The Hague last week got a small practical demonstration of the need for Western Union.

Delegates to the Western Union conference of Foreign Ministers at The Hague last week got a small practical demonstration of the need for Western Union. On the Étoile du Nord, the international luxury express which makes a daily Paris-Brussels-Amsterdam run, they had to show their passports, railroad tickets or cash…

Sleeping Beauty

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The old Stirling “air” engine (power from expanding hot air) was redesigned by the big and smart Philips electrical company at Eindhoven, in The Netherlands.

The old Stirling “air” engine (originally patented by Robert and James Stirling of Scotland in 1816) was born in the wrong century. Its principle (power from expanding hot air) was good, but the crude materials and engineering methods of the time made it too clumsy and inefficient to be widely…

Confidentially. . .

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The effect of the U.N. truce agreement between the Dutch and the Indonesian Republic is working out slowly. The Dutch were accused of stalling to avoid any kind of settlement.

To set against its long list of futile endeavors, the United Nations could point to a few modest successes. One was the truce agreement between the Dutch and the Indonesian Republic. Last week that small star in U.N.’s crown was fading fast.

Stalemate. The hitch did not result from lack…

God Disposes

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Wilhelmina said she would give up the throne in favor of Princess Juliana.

The sun was almost down and the quiet purple dusk of the lowlands was rising in the east when the Queen spoke to her people. Housewives fixing supper put down their pots and men in cafés forgot their drinks; bicyclists in the streets stopped to listen at loudspeakers. Queen Wilhelmina’s…

Wrong by Nell?

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Nell van Vliet arrived in the U.S. to swim, but the question was raised whether she was eligible to compete. “Obviously because [Nell] was a sure winner,” an AAU official conceded.

When chubby Nell van Vliet, 22, a baker’s daughter, arrived from Holland two months ago, she waved her hand at the questions, ticked off U.S. women swimmers: “Free style? Yes, Ann Curtis, the best in the world. Your backstroke swimmers? Two or three good ones. But breast-strokers?” Nell wrinkled her…


Living Memorial

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The 82nd Airborne Division lost  800 soldiers at the battle of Nijmegen. Last week they got a memorial. In honor of the 8nd $2mil. was raised to help rebuild the University of Nijmegen.

In April 1943, the German masters of The Netherlands ordered the University of Nijmegen (rhymes with sly pagan) to sign a loyalty pledge. It was promptly returned—unsigned—to occupation headquarters. Punishment came swiftly: many professors and students were dragged off to concentration and labor camps, and the university closed…

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