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hunger winter

Dutch History; the Hunger Winter.

Towards the end of WW2, a famine took place in the occupied…
Zwarte Piet

Dutch History; Zwarte Piet.

Zwarte Piet is a controversial character – whether you believe…
Johan de Witt

Dutch History; Sint-Maarten Dag, the Dutch Halloween.

Sint-Maarten (St. Martin's Day) is a popular children's feast…
canal© Siebe Baarda

Dutch History; The oldest Tow Canal and the Amsterdamse Poort.

The Haarlemmertrekvaart is a canal between Amsterdam and Haarlem.…
Hofje

Dutch History; Haarlem the home of the Hofjes

A hofje is a Dutch word for a courtyard with almshouses around…
Anthony Fokker

Dutch History; Anthony Fokker, the Haarlem mechanic who changed the face of WWI.

Anthony Fokker, also known as the Flying Dutchman, built his…
Henry Hope

Dutch History; Henry Hope, the American who picked Haarlem for his pleasure Palace.

Henry Hope (1735–1811) was an Amsterdam merchant banker born…
William the Silent

Dutch History; William the Silent. How the Prince of Orange became an outlaw.

William the Silent or more commonly known as William of Orange…

Dutch History; Corrie ten Boom, how a watchmaker turned into a hero.

Corrie ten Boom was the first licensed female watchmaker in the…
Haarlem

Dutch history; Molen de Adriaan the cement mixer.

The windmill, Molen de Adriaan was built on the foundations of…
Johan de Witt

Dutch History; the gruesome murder of prime minister Johan de Witt.

After a disastrous defeat in the 'raamjaar', Johan de Witt and…