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Alongside an American painter sat Dutch Corry Riet, who was paralyzed by polio at the age of five. She learned to hold a brush with her teeth and makes a living from her paintings.

Charles Pasche was born with no right arm and only a useless stump where his left arm should have been. Like many such “congenital amputees” (cause unknown), he learned to do an amazing variety of everyday tasks with his toes. It seemed impossible that he could ever become expert at…

Olympic War


The Netherlands’ Olympic Committee withdrew from the Olympic games, donating 100,000 guilder, ($26,000) of its Olympic fund to Hungarian war relief.

Half the globe away from the world’s shooting wars, the vanguard of an international brigade of athletes invaded Australia. They had come, so they were told, to promote peace. But the repercussions of far-off gunfire were felt in Melbourne’s Olympic village—and might just possibly wreck the 1956 games.




A report on painter Frans Hals, the artist who caught his fellow Dutchmen at their swashbuckling best, whether downing a glass of Haarlem beer or decked out in their Sunday finery.

WHAT the broad-bottomed, solidly middle-class burghers of The Netherlands asked of their artists in the 1600s was not classic grandeur but homey detail. Proud and prosperous, they wanted their portraits to be a frank and meticulous likeness, with full attention to the fine stuffs, starched ruffs and ribboned cuffs that…

Widening Rift


The Dutch have no high hopes the royal crisis would disappear. Dutch editors asked for the first time drastic government action to clear up that mess in Soestdijk Palace.

The Dutch royal family were miles apart last week. Queen Juliana, struggling to maintain a gracious smile after entertaining Liberia’s visiting President Tubman in The Hague, took off for a vacation in Sicily with a few of her ladies-in-waiting. Her husband, globetrotting Prince Bernhard, after elephant hunting in Tanganyika, arrived…

Crisis (contd.)


Far from breaking with her confidante Greet Hofmans, the Queen stubbornly continued to seek out and see the faith healer and all of her group.

Nobody outside the innermost palace councils knows exactly what Queen Juliana of The Netherlands told the three eminent statesmen whom she herself had drafted to help mend the rift in the royal family. But the worries of Netherlanders were set at rest at least momentarily last August, when they read…

Harmonious Conclusion


Last week the Dutch royal couple issued a brief communique on the findings of three elder statesmen appointed to advise them on the Miss Hofmans matter.

The House of Orange has no taste for black headlines. Last week the Dutch royal couple issued a brief communique on the findings of three elder statesmen appointed to advise them last June. “[They] have reported their findings to us and given us advice. Their advice has been a very…

Master of Light & Shadow


350 years ago Rembrandt was born. To mark the anniversary, Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum (State Museum) is staging an exhibition of 100 of the greatest paintings and 123 etchings.

In the university town of Leiden, The Netherlands, 350 years ago this week, a prosperous miller and his wife celebrated the birth of a son destined to tower over the painters of the northern Renaissance as Leonardo da Vinci towered over the masters of the Italian Renaissance. To mark the…

The Heir Presumptive


Queen Juliana of The Netherlands and her husband Prince Bernhard last week broke their long silence on the palace influence of Faith Healer Greet Hofmans.

Queen Juliana of The Netherlands and her husband Prince Bernhard last week broke their long silence on the palace influence of Faith Healer Greet Hofmans (TIME, June 25). “The way in which it was judged admissible abroad to expose our family life and the relations in our close surroundings to…

Juliana & the Healer


To help princess Marijke, who was born with cataracts on both eyes, Queen Juliana asked healer Greet Hofmans, whose influence over Queen Juliana grew over the years.

“We have no desire to enter the private life of the royal family,” announced a leading Hague newspaper primly one day last week. “The Queen’s living room at least should be out of the sight and hearing of those who have nothing to do in there,” echoed another. Thus gingerly…

Report Card


In Groningen High School Student Rinie Tjassens sat with his classmates to take the country’s standardized final examination in French. By mistake, Tjassens got an English exam.

Spring Hill College, a 126-year-old Jesuit institution in Mobile, Ala., this week graduated a Negro for the first time in its history. The graduate: Mrs. Fannie Motley, 30, a transfer student from the Alabama State College for Negroes.

In 1951, Party-Lining Mathematics Professor Dirk J. Struik was suspended from Massachusetts…

The Jungschlaeger Case


Dutch citizen Jungschlaeger was accused of conspiring to overthrow the Indonesian government. It became obvious that the trial was overhung with political passions irrelevant to justice.

In none of the newly independent nations of the Far East is hatred for the disinherited colonial masters so bitter and abiding as in Indonesia; in none is the notion of simple courtroom justice so little understood. Indonesia’s bitterness and its slap-happy courtroom practices have reached fever pitch in the…

Return from Paradise


The Netherlands Ambassador announced that his government was dismayed by the outspoken anti-colonialism of some of Dulles’ public statements he made in Indonesia.

In Washington a mixed lot of bouquets and brickbats showered down on Secretary of State John Foster Dulles, just home from a 19-day swing through Asia. President Eisenhower greeted the Secretary’s return with a press conference pat on the back: “These trips, of course, are onerous burdens on an…

Birth Control Contest


The Netherlands’ Catholic Institute for Social-Ecclesiastical Research has launched a $5,000 prize contest to find new ways to control the fast growing world population.

By 1980, the U.N. estimates, there will be from 34% to 63% more people on earth than in 1950. To some this suggests the need for birth control. The Roman Catholic Church teaches that any mechanical interference with the consequences of sexual intercourse is a mortal sin. But The Netherlands’…

The one shining exception to Europe’s spendthrift ways is The Netherlands. With climbed production, cutted taxes and dropped import controls Dutch national debt cut 25% to $5.3 billion.

FOR Western Europe’s factories, 1955 was the biggest postwar year. Production of steel, autos, chemicals, coal products and other goods soared to new records. In its latest report, the European Payments Union, clearinghouse of trade for 17 nations, said that free Europe’s combined industrial production index went up from 127…

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