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Unlikely Mama

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The latest member of the famed open-air chimpanzee colony at Burgers Dierenpark, Roosje, who needed another mother was succesfully adopted by another chimpanzee mother.

A baby chimp is adopted

The future looked bleak for Roosje, or Little Rose. The latest member of the famed open-air chimpanzee colony at The Netherlands’ Burgers Dierenpark, near Arnhem, she had been born to a handicapped mother who could not care for her.

Sadly, Zoo Manager Antoon van Hooff…

Bittersweet Caroline

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Next to pirate radio ships Veronica and Northsea, new Radio Caroline aimed at Netherlands’ listeners. But the Dutch captain and crew weren’t paid by the owner and quitted.

Who said radio drama was dead?

Consider the latest chapter in the saga of the pirate radio ships operating in the North Sea. Anchored just outside territorial waters off The Netherlands, these vessels beam a mixture of pop music, disk-jockey egos and insistent commercials into homes otherwise served only…

The Warring Pirates

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There was an attack on Radio Northsea by a competing pirate radio ship Veronica hoping to shut down shut Northsea’s transmitter that started broadcasting in Dutch.

Aboard Radio Northsea, a ship that broadcasts pop music and news to Western Europe and Britain from just outside the Dutch three-mile territorial limit, Disc Jockey Alan West was playing a tune titled, all too appropriately. Melting Pot. Suddenly a tremendous blast shook the vessel. “I thought another ship had…

WHERE ARE THE TANKS OF YESTERYEAR?

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On May Day, as 2,000 Communists gathered in Amsterdam to listen quietly to their leaders, thousands of students battled the police trying to plant Red and V.C. flags on the Nat. Monument.

AS a holiday, both seasonal and pagan, May Day goes back thousands of years. Some remnants of this ancient past still survive: on May Day, French gentlemen give their ladies bouquets of lilies of the valley. In Greece, doors and balconies are decked with floral wreaths. In Czechoslovakia, traditional vows…

A Place to Leave the Kids

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In Noordwijk, the Hans Brinker is a hotel for children where parents could park their offspring and take a day off, a week, a school vacation, or for as long as three months.

Suppose there were hotels for children, where parents could park their offspring and take a day off, or a week in the country —or a round-the-world cruise —secure in the knowledge that the children would have expert care, careful supervision, and a wonderful time? Europe has had such hotels for…

Fighting the Birds

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In the past seven years the Dutch Air Force has recorded 413 bird-plane collisions. Zoologist Dr. Hardenberg found a way to prevent bird accidents.

As long as any Dutchmen can remember, the airspace over their crowded lowlands has swarmed with birds. But the birds have increasing competition. Part of the sky over The Netherlands has been invaded by commercial air routes; another part has been taken over by the military. And the birds are…

Fun on the Steeple

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The Eusbius church has gradually been rebuilt in strict accordance to medieval style. But when Architect Theo Verlaan came along to rebuild the steeple, things changed fast.

The pride of Holland’s city of Arnhem is a sturdy 11th century Gothic structure called the Eusebius Church. Badly damaged during World War II, this Dutch Reformed church has gradually been rebuilt in strict accordance to medieval style. But when Architect Theo Verlaan came along to rebuild the steeple, things…

Land Without a Country

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The border in a town partly called Baarle-Hertog and the other Baarle-Nassau, is quite complex. A belgian stepped to court to know whether he lived on Belgian or Dutch soil.

For more than a century everyone had managed to get along just fine, even though part of the town was called Baarle-Hertog and was Belgian, and the other was called Baarle-Nassau and was Dutch. Then one day in 1939, a Belgian named Sooi Van Den Eijnde decided to lead his…

This Is Whose Life?

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A surprise act, sending over homesick immigrants from Canada back to Netherlands, turns out not to be a pleasant suprise.

Many a fascinated viewer of This Is Your Life has often had the fond dream that the treacle might some day explode in gladsome Ralph Edwards’ face. In the dream the couch of honor is occupied by someone like Mary Pickford’s former hairdresser, and Edwards, clutching the Book, tremulously introduces…

The Unhappy Taxpayer

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Dutchman Fredericus Witte had to pay less taxes than his own calculations. Sure of his own figures, the tax collector, he fumed, had made a mistake. Wanting to pay more he went to court.

Fredericus U J.H. Witte is a Dutchman bothered by taxes. When he sees a jet fighter plane overhead he thinks to himself: “During my whole lifetime I won’t earn half of what that plane costs.” On the bitter morning in February 1957 when The Netherlands’ bureaucracy finally produced his 1955…

Olympic War

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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.

Egypt…

Soldier’s Legacy

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A Dutch family took care of a grave of a WWII U.S. soldier. The Dutch family searched for the soldier’s family in N.J. and began a long and warm correspondence.

When the priest asked parishioners to “adopt” the graves of Americans in the nearby U.S. Military Cemetery at Margraten, The Netherlands, Harry Van Der Tuyn thought it might be a small but altogether fitting means of repaying the liberators of his country. At first his soldier was unknown to Van…

Jungle Girl

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Riots broke out after Muslims resented the court decision to give custody of Maria Hertogh to her biological Dutch Catholic parents after she had been raised by a Muslim foster mother.

Maria Bertha Hertogh was five years old when the Japanese soldiers took her mother & father away from Bandung, Java, where papa Adriaanus Hertogh was a sergeant in The Netherlands East Indies army. Bertha was too young to remember just how it happened, but while she was staying at the…

De Wonderkapper

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The famous wonderkapper (miracle barber) in the village of Een attracts a lot of people to his town since he grows hair on bald heads.

The village of Een (pop. 900) used to be just another quiet hamlet in the northern Netherlands. By last week Een had become a bustling mecca for 1,500 once desperate, now hopeful people. Bicycles were stacked up against a lilac tree in the village; cars from every Dutch province thronged…

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…

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