Holland pays last respects to writer Harry Mulisch
Writer Harry Mulisch, who died a week ago from cancer aged 83, is to be buried today following a ceremony in Amsterdam's city theatre. The coffin was taken from Mr Mulisch's nearby home on the Leidsekade to the theatre followed by family and friends.
The ceremony was attended by relatives, friends, colleagues as well as many public figures, including Education Minister Marja van Bijsterveldt and Deputy Culture Minister Halbe Zijlstra.
Speakers at the ceremony included the director of his publishing house, Robbert Ammerlaan, former politician and television presenter Marcel van Dam, and Amsterdam Mayor Eberhard van der Laan. Some of the writer's favourite music was played and performed by composers Reinbert de Leeuw and Louis Andriessen.
After the service, Mr Mulisch's remains will be taken by boat to the Zorgvlied cemetery, where he will be laid to rest at 14.30.
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