War deaths remembered

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Ceremonies were held all over The Netherlands on Sunday evening to remember Dutch killed in wars or peacekeeping missions since 1940.

5 May 2008

THE NETHERLANDS - The Netherlands held a two-minute silence at eight o'clock on Sunday evening, in remembrance of all Dutch killed in wars or peacekeeping missions since the country was invaded by Germany in 1940. Trains and buses stopped, and motorists were also encouraged to do so.

Just before the silence, and after a service in the adjoining Nieuwe Kerk, Queen Beatrix and Prince Willem-Alexander laid wreaths at the National Monument at Dam Square in the centre of Amsterdam. This year's special address was written by Marga Minco, an 88-year-old Jewish writer.

Some 3,000 people attended traditional ceremonies at the Waalsdorper Vlakte, near The Hague, where German troops executed an estimated 280 victims.

Other ceremonies were held at Kamp Vught, one of the five concentration camps the Nazis built in The Netherlands during World War II.

In Rotterdam, whose city centre was destroyed during a massive fire bombing in May 1940, people joined a silent march past six war monuments.

[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]

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