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Descendants of Rembrandt

This year we celebrate the anniversary of the death of one of the most famous Dutch painters, Rembrandt van Rijn. He died on 4 October 1669, thus 350 years ago. Anniversaries like this, especially of internationally known persons, are celebrated with lots of special activities. Not less than nineteen exhibitions are scheduled, in cities like […]

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Stories help us remember

On 27th January, people all over the world remember the day in 1945 when Russian troupes liberated the Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz. In November 2005, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan proclaimed this day Holocaust Memorial Day. Yesterday, people in Amsterdam gathered in the town hall and then walked silently to a memorial in Wertheimpark. This […]

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An English king in Apeldoorn

In the center of the Netherlands lies the city of Apeldoorn. It has about 160,000 inhabitants and is well-known for its zoo with 35 different species of monkeys, called Apenheul. The city is also famous for one of the finest Dutch palaces: Het Loo. I recently visited the palace, the gardens and the park. Although […]