Call for investigation into Nazi flights

4th May 2007, Comments 0 comments

4 May 2007, AMSTERDAM – The Liberal VVD, the Dutch institute for war documentation (NIOD) and the Centre for Information and Documentation on Israel (CIDI) think an investigation should be launched into KLM's role in helping Nazis flee to Argentina after the war. This emerged on Thursday on the television programme Netwerk.

4 May 2007

AMSTERDAM – The Liberal VVD, the Dutch institute for war documentation (NIOD) and the Centre for Information and Documentation on Israel (CIDI) think an investigation should be launched into KLM's role in helping Nazis flee to Argentina after the war. This emerged on Thursday on the television programme Netwerk.

CIDI thinks the investigation should also look into the possible involvement of the late Prince Bernhard, who was a supervisory board member at KLM in the post-war years. Hans van Baalen (VVD) said the integrity of the prince is not a matter for investigation.

Van Baalen does support the call for an investigation however. He has asked Foreign Minister Maxime Verhagen to cooperate. He also thinks that it would reflect well on KLM if it were to make possible and finance an independent investigation.

Both CIDI and the VVD think the NIOD should conduct the investigation. The NIOD itself would like to see an independent committee appointed including US cooperation.

A spokesperson for KLM said in a reaction that an independent investigation would be welcome. He said that "such an investigation would put an end to the discussion once and for all." The spokesperson did not think the question of financing was relevant at this point in time.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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