Volkert named worst Dutch person

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17 November 2004, AMSTERDAM — A day after assassinated politician Pim Fortuyn was chosen as the greatest Dutch person ever, his killer has been named as the worst of all time.

17 November 2004

AMSTERDAM — A day after assassinated politician Pim Fortuyn was chosen as the greatest Dutch person ever, his killer has been named as the worst of all time.

Volkert van der Graaf shot and killed Fortuyn in the car park of the Hilversum Media Park on 6 May 2002, nine days before a general election.

An animal rights activist, Van der Graaf later claimed he shot the anti-immigration campaigner to protect the weaker elements in society. Van der Graaf was jailed for 18 years for the crime.

On 16 November, Dutch broadcaster Kro announced Fortuyn had topped the poll in its contest to choose the greatest Dutch person of all time.   Fortuyn received 115,000 votes from the Dutch public, 4,000 more than William of Orange (1533 – 1584), who is known as "father of the Dutch fatherland".

Magazine HP/De Tijd seemed to confirm Fortuyn's popularity on Tuesday when it announced Van der Graaf has been picked as the worst Dutch person of all times.

Just 3,600 people voted in the HP/De Tijd competition.

There were 20 candidates in the race, having been nominated by the magazine as the worst examples of a particular type of Dutch person.

Volkert was the "worst political activist" representative.

Prince Bernhard, listed in the worst Dutch Royal Family category, came third overall. 

Prince Bernhard, 93, is the father of Dutch Queen Beatrix. He has been a source of controversy since he married the late Queen Juliana in 1937.

A member of Hitler's SS as a student, the prince sided with his adoptive country when Germany invaded in 1940. He went into exile in London with the royal family and later took charge of Dutch troops during the liberation four years later.

However he has been dogged by rumours he secretly sought to make a deal with Hitler and leaked details of Operation Market Garden — an airborne assault centred on Arnhem — to the Germans.

He has dismissed such claims as nonsense.

His reputation took a further knock when he was accused of taking bribes from US plane manufacturer Lockheed in the mid 1970s.

Other candidates for the worst of the worst included famous writer Harry Mulisch (worst author); Dutch international Patrick Kluivert (worst footballer) and former head of retail giant Ahold Cees van der Hoeven (worst business person).

[Copyright Expatica News 2004]

Subject: Dutch news

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