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The Abduction of Anneke

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Two Jewish girls were kept in hiding during the war by non-Jewish families with help from the church. The non-Jewish family and priest were sentenced to prison for abduction.

When the Nazis began rounding up the Jews in Amsterdam, Salesman Elias Beekman and his wife, Sara, slipped their 2½-year-old Anna into the underground just in time. Arrested on June 20, 1943, the parents were gassed to death in a concentration camp in Sobibor, Poland on July 9.

Anna…

STRIPES 6 STARS OF REBELLION

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The U.S. flag is derived from a red-and-white-striped symbol of unity flown by Calvinists in seven northern provinces of The Netherlands during the revolt against Spain that began in 1568.

EVERY American schoolboy knows that Betsy Ross made the first U.S. flag for George Washington and the Continental Congress in 1777. It makes a pretty story, but historians are not so sure of its accuracy. Through the years, they have searched for evidence to support a variety of theories concerning…

New Mr. M.

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Netherlands’ Foreign Minister Johan Beyen backed by Benelux countries proposed a further integration of European unity but the French and Germans wanted to go slow.

After years of high hope, fine talk and hard work, about all that is left of the great postwar dream of European unity is a diminishing gleam in the eyes of thousands of “good Europeans” and one big tangible fact: the Schuman Coal-Steel Community, which pools the coal and steel…

“Rather Unusual Phenomenon”

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Premier Willem Drees, who had run The Netherlands for six uninterrupted years on a welfare-state platform, trotted off to the Queen to resign after a failed rent-increase bill.

Her Majesty Queen Juliana regretted that she would be unable to attend the gala concert of the visiting Philadelphia Orchestra as planned. Late into the evening, Her Majesty would be compelled to spend her time sorting out that most un-Dutch of royal embarrassments: a Cabinet crisis. “A rather unusual phenomenon…

Step Forward

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The Netherlands’ Senate became the final parliament to ratify the Paris accords, rearming 500,000 West Germans within a Western European Union.

Last week, in Europe, the West completed a long contemplated step forward, and the Communists stepped back. By 32 to 2, The Netherlands’ Senate became the final parliament to ratify the Paris accords, rearming 500,000 West Germans within a Western European Union. Next week, at a full-dress NATO meeting in…

The Burning of Bodies

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Cremating is illegal in The Netherlands, but it has been tolerated for years in the country’s only crematorium at Velsen. The Dutch Parliament accepted a bill legalizing cremation.

Technically, “the burning of bodies” is illegal in The Netherlands, but in practice it has been tolerated for years in the country’s only crematorium, owned by the Association for Voluntary Cremation, at Velsen, near Amsterdam. Last week the Dutch Parliament debated a government bill legalizing cremation, with these qualifications: 1)…

To Avoid Embarrassment

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Joseph Petersen, a former research analyst in the N.S.A., pleaded guilty to espionage. He worked for the Dutch, who had learned from him that the U.S. had cracked Dutch codes.

In the U.S. District Court at Alexandria, Va. last week, Joseph Sydney Petersen Jr., 40, a gangling, cross-eyed former research analyst in the National Security Agency, the Government’s topmost secret hive of codebreakers and message-interceptors, pleaded guilty to espionage.

Two months ago, Petersen’s lawyer leaked the information that his client,…

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