Dutch news in brief, 31 January 2005

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Silent march for Auschwitz, At least 2,000 people took part in a commemoration in Amsterdam on Sunday to mark the liberation 60 years ago of the Nazi death camp of Auschwitz. A silent march began at City Hall and made its way to the monument Never again Auschwitz (Nooit meer Auschwitz) in the Wertheimpark. Wreaths were then laid at the monument. "I see here a lot of people who were not alive during Auschwitz, but who know what happened and want to tell the story. I ask you to continue to tell the story, to

Silent march for Auschwitz

At least 2,000 people took part in a commemoration in Amsterdam on Sunday to mark the liberation 60 years ago of the Nazi death camp of Auschwitz. A silent march began at City Hall and made its way to the monument Never again Auschwitz (Nooit meer Auschwitz) in the Wertheimpark. Wreaths were then laid at the monument. "I see here a lot of people who were not alive during Auschwitz, but who know what happened and want to tell the story. I ask you to continue to tell the story, to your children to your grandchildren, your neighbors, your friends," Amsterdam Mayor Job Cohen said. Health State Secretary Clemence Ross attended the ceremony as did the speakers of the Upper and Lower houses of Parliament.

Da Vinci Code best selling book

The Da Vinci Code by author Dan Brown was the best-selling book in the Netherlands in 2004, selling more than 412,000 copies. This is a record for adult fiction. The book In Europe by Dutch historian Geert Mak ranked second, followed by the Bible in a new translation. The best-ever selling book in the Netherlands was Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, which sold 550,000 copies in 2003, Radio Netherlands reported.

Getronics claims PinkRoccade

The Dutch State has given the green light for IT firm PinkRoccade to be taken over by rival Getronics in a EUR 350 million deal. Getronics announced in November last year that it had placed an offer for PinkRoccade. The Dutch government — which has a 25 percent stake in PinkRoccade — has now approved the deal, ending a months-long takeover battle after rival Ordina placed an alternative offer for the firm. Getronics was forced to raise its offer by EUR 12 million.

Search called off for yachtsman

The search for a 47-year-old man missing since a yacht sank in the Maas River near Borgharen earlier this month has been abandoned. The man went missing after the yacht fell 7m down a river dam and broke into pieces on 9 January. The body of the other male victim was found on 14 January, while two women and four children were pulled from the water alive. The missing man's body might have been carried by the water in the direction of Roermond and should eventually float to the surface when it starts to decay.

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