Y'all are a bunch of wankers!

Not the Netherlands finest hour

Interesting bit of history I came across today:


Personally, I think it's time to just let this stuff go, it's only things.
Permalink Shylock 
September 11th, 2017 6:16pm
There are many different cases, but in general I think the Dutch state claims that those pieces were acquired at a fair price at the time and in an honest deal.

A Jewish art trader selling work in the 1930's wasn't necessarily cheated out of his work, although that is what heirs are claiming.

And in general, very many people in the Netherlands had to sell their special family pieces during the late war to buy food at the black market.

But it is the heirs of the rich people who have the means to try to revert transactions in legal actions. That is a cause for annoyance.
Permalink Lotti Fuehscheim 
September 11th, 2017 7:04pm
Or national governments. Polish Ministry of Culture has a special unit devoted to chasing Polish art pieces stolen by the Germans.
Permalink Yoda 
September 11th, 2017 7:39pm
I'm not that concerned about the art work. They're just things.

What struck me was that 10% of the Dutch population joined the Nazi Party. Wow.

BTW, saw this, thought it was interesting:

Permalink Shylock 
September 11th, 2017 7:59pm
> What struck me was that 10% of the Dutch population joined the Nazi Party. Wow.

That is not correct.

In 1935 the NSB got almost 8% of the votes, but not nearly as many members, only 33,000, but at that time the party was more like the Italian Fascists, and even had 150 Jewish members.

From a peak of 52,000 members in 1936 the support diminished until 1940, until it grew again after the German invasion, this time with opportunists.

The membership grew at a maximum of 100,000 members in 1943, out of 9 million Dutch.
Permalink Lotti Fuehscheim 
September 12th, 2017 4:38am
I smell another shakedown coming, no one does it better.
Permalink Wick 
September 12th, 2017 5:12am
33,000 members? Why was 8% of the population Nazi Party members? With 10% of the population as Nazi Party members, that is a problem. 15% is a real problem. A huge problem is the 25% of the population that were Nazi Party members. I was shocked when I heard half the population were literal Nazis.
Permalink Reality Check 
September 12th, 2017 5:58am
OK thanks Lotti.
Permalink Shylock 
September 12th, 2017 6:39am

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