Risking life to save lives. The brave Dutch who saved Jewish children.

There is a lot of rightful criticism about how the Dutch dealt with the Jews during WWII. A lot more could have been done, there is no question about that. But, it is easy to say these things in retrospect. If you are faced getting killed for a simple act of defiance , you mightContinue reading “Risking life to save lives. The brave Dutch who saved Jewish children.”

The Tulp brothers-Evil and Good.

The story of the two Tulp brothers is bizarre and yet intriguing in more way than one. They were half brothers, the older brother took the path of evil although he was a police officer, Where the younger one risked his life by resisting the evil his brother was part of. Sybren Tulp was bornContinue reading “The Tulp brothers-Evil and Good.”

Who is an immigrant?

The buzzword nowadays is “immigrants” and in hardly any context it is used in a positive way.Here is the thing though, who is an immigrant? This is just a micro snapshot in history. It is basically a background to me family well at least from my Mother’s side. The picture at the start of theContinue reading “Who is an immigrant?”

Life and death of Mata Hari

Despite her exotic name Mata Hari was a Dutch woman. Her real name was Margaretha (Gretha)Zelle and was born in Leeuwarden, in the province of Friesland in the North West of  the Netherlands.. Today marks the centenary of her execution. At 18, Zelle answered an advertisement in a Dutch newspaper placed by Dutch Colonial Army Captain Rudolf MacLeod (1 March 1856 – 9Continue reading “Life and death of Mata Hari”

A sports challenge during WWII

The Dutch take their sports serious, despite what happens in the world. It is part of the Dutch psyche to not give up,keep going regardless(although looking at the performance of the Dutch National football team, you might be forgiven for thinking differently) Despite being occupied by the Germans the Dutch felt compelled to organize theContinue reading “A sports challenge during WWII”