Dutch World War II anti-nazi returns Israeli medals because of Gaza war


This video from the USA says about itself:

Maurice and Netty Vanderpol, WWII Holocaust Survivors

21 May 2012

Dr. Maurice Vanderpol (b.1922) was born and raised in Amsterdam. In medical school when the Germans invaded and occupied Holland in 1940 and persecution and deportation of Dutch Jews began, Ries and his family spent two years in hiding until liberation on May 5th, 1945. After the War, he came to America, finished medical school and married Netty Swartz Vanderpol. He had a private practice as a psychiatrist and was a staff member at McLean Hospital for 35 years.

Netty Vanderpol (b. 1926) was born and raised in Amsterdam. During the German occupation of Holland she was forced to attend a school for Jewish children. One of her classmates was Anne Frank. In 1943 her father was imprisoned by the Nazis for assisted [sic; assisting] Allied pilots. Her father and family spent over a year in Terezin Concentration Camp in Czechoslovakia. In February, 1945 her family was with a group of inmates from the camp that was the only exchange of Jews for German POWs. As a needlepoint artist Netty has exhibited widely. Beginning in 1984, for some years she dedicated the focus of her needlework pieces to the Holocaust and its affect on her life. She then branched out to other designs and themes. Ries and Netty are both very active with Facing History and Ourselves. They established the Walter Suskind Memorial Educational Fund, an outreach arts program at the Citi Center for the Performing Arts, in Boston. They live in Needham and Edgartown.

Listen to Maurice and Netty Vanderpol speak about their experiences in hiding in Amsterdam and in Terezin Concentration Camp in Czechoslovakia.

From daily Haaretz in Israel:

Dutch nonagenarian returns Righteous Among the Nations medal after six relatives killed in Gaza

Henk Zanoli, who helped save a Jewish child from deportation to concentration camps, said holding on to the medal would be an ‘insult to the family.’

By Amira Hass

A 91-year-old Dutch man who was declared a Righteous Among the Nations for saving a Jew during the German occupation on Thursday returned his medal and certificate because six of his relatives were killed by an Israeli bombing in the Gaza Strip last month.

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands today:

The victims are relatives of a niece of Zanoli. She married a man who was born in Gaza. His parents still lived there until July 20, when their house was bombarded by the Israeli Air Force. His mother, three brothers, a sister and a nephew of him lost their lives. Also someone who was with the family for a visit did not survive the attack.

Zanoli did not hesitate when he heard about the attack. He wrote a letter and sent to [Israeli] ambassador Daivon the honour ‘Righteous Among the Nations” back by courier. He sent the medal awarded to his mother as well. In the letter Zanoli wrote that it would be treason to his mother and to his family if he’d keep the medals.

“Shocking and tragic”

Zanoli and his mother hid Jewish boy Pinto from the nazis from 1943 to 1945. The father of the family had been deported two years earlier because he was openly against the nazis. He died in 1945 in Mauthausen concentration camp. A brother of Zanoli’s, who was in the resistance, was executed by the nazis.

It is not clear, according to Haaretz, why the house of Zanoli’s family was bombed. The newspaper has asked the Defense department if it was a target or that it was a mistake, but the armed forces would not react.

See also here. And here. And here.

From the New York Times in the USA:

Resisting Nazis, He Saw Need for Israel. Now He Is Its Critic

THE HAGUE — In 1943, Henk Zanoli took a dangerous train trip, slipping past Nazi guards and checkpoints to smuggle a Jewish boy from Amsterdam to the Dutch village of Eemnes. There, the Zanoli family, already under suspicion for resisting the Nazi occupation, hid the boy in their home for two years. The boy would be the only member of his family to survive the Holocaust.

Seventy-one years later, on July 20, an Israeli airstrike flattened a house in the Gaza Strip, killing six of Mr. Zanoli’s relatives by marriage. His grandniece, a Dutch diplomat, is married to a Palestinian economist, Ismail Ziadah, who lost three brothers, a sister-in-law, a nephew and his father’s first wife in the attack. …

Mr. Zanoli said he could envision a situation in which he would take the medal back.

“The only way out of the quagmire the Jewish people of Israel have gotten themselves into is by granting all living under the control of the State of Israel the same political rights and social and economic rights and opportunities,” he wrote. “Although this will result in a state no longer exclusively Jewish it will be a state with a level of righteousness on the basis of which I could accept the title of ‘Righteous among the Nations’ you awarded to my mother and me.”

In that event, he concluded, “be sure to contact me or my descendants.”

Under a coalition of Israeli left-wing political parties and organizations, thousands gathered in Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square in the largest anti-war demonstration since the outbreak of violence in Gaza: here.

Rare butterflies in the Netherlands


This video from the Czech republic says about itself:

Large Copper – Lycaena dispar (Haworth, 1803) – male

Large Copper – Lycaena dispar (Haworth, 1803) is quite common in SE Moravia where I live and expands from there to the North and also to the West.

SE Moravian population is a part of the continuous range from there to the north of Greece and through Russia to the Far East.

In SE Moravia lives its subspecies Lycaena dispar rutilus (Werneburg, 1864).

Dorsal side of male’s pterygia is fire red with goldy yellow lustre and black comma on the front pterygies.

There are three large copper subspecies. The subspecies rutilus, or rutila, of the video lives in large parts of Europe and Asia.

The subspecies batava lives only in the Dutch provinces Overijssel and Friesland.

The third, smallest, subspecies, Lycaena dispar carueli lives only in the Ardennes hills in the south of Belgium.

The Dutch Butterfly Trust reports today about rare butterfly species. They write that on 8 August 2014, a Lycaena dispar carueli butterfly was seen in Limburg province, closest to the Ardennes in the Netherlands. This was the first time ever for this subspecies.

This video from the Czech republic is called High Brown Fritillary – Argynnis adippe – perleťovec prostřední.

In Groningen province, recently a high brown fritillary was seen. Ever since 1976, only a few vagrants of that species had been recorded in the Netherlands. Maybe, this Groningen butterfly came from the Ardennes as well?

Honey buzzard and Montagu’s harrier migration, new research


This video is called Montagu’s Harrier – Britain’s Rarest Raptor. It says about itself:

23 June 2013

This lovely male Montagu’s Harrier was seen at the National Trust’s Wicken Fen nature reserve in early May. I must admit, I was very sceptical that this was a Montagu’s at first, because I was too busy filming it ‘for the record’ with low-spec equipment in order to have a really good think as to the species. I thought it was ‘just’ a late-staying male Hen Harrier.

Fortunately, my two friends, Will and Nikki, knew better and ID’d the bird with confidence in the field.

Translated from the Montagu’s Harrier Working Group in the Netherlands, on Thursday, August 14th, 2014:

In recent years, researchers from the Treetop Foundation and the Montagu’s Harrier Working Group have used GPS loggers to, eg, find out about migration routes and migration strategies of honey buzzards and Montagu’s harriers. Together with the University of Amsterdam (University of Amsterdam), they then looked at the effects of weather on the performance of honey buzzards and Montagu’s harriers during migration. An article with the results of this research was recently published in the Journal of Avian Biology.

Dutch nazis want bigger bloodbath in Iraq


This video is called Anti Racism Demonstration – Amsterdam 22 March 2014.

In the USA, the extreme Right protestant religious America Family Association, like the violent extreme Sunni jihadis of ISIS, considers the persecuted Yazidis in Iraq ‘devil worshipers’.

Another far Right Christian in the USA, televangelist Pat Robertson, wants to use ISIS as a pretext for a big international escalation of violence in Iraq.

On the Facebook page of the Dutch nazis of the Nederlandse Volksunie (no, I won’t link to them), the party again advocates a NATO military attack in Iraq (like they already did earlier).

Dutch neo-fascists discuss that issue there (translated):

Marvin Smits The 14 words of hitler is spoken by the truth [in English in original; the rest translated from Dutch] The Aryan will survive and overcome. They just need to wake up !!! Stand up and fight

August 8 at 15:22

The infamous ‘14 words‘ about white supremacy play a big role among neo-nazis. Marvin Smits does not seem to know the words are not by Hitler, but by a much later nazi, David Lane (1938-2007), from the USA (basing himself on a longer sentence from Hitler’s Mein Kampf).

Also in that discussion on Iraq on the NVU Facebook page (in English, no need to translate):

Fabrizio Aert Death to Islam 14/88

August 8 at 13:53

’14’ stands for the already mentioned racist ’14 words’. ’88’, two times the eighth letter of the Latin alphabet, stands for ‘HH’=Heil Hitler.

Another neo-fascist contribution (translated):

Mike Dorn Lupercal We need a crusade, a PURE crusade, let them slaughter everyone. For people and fatherland!

August 9 at 3:57

Mike Dorn Lupercal last words ‘For people and fatherland!’ are in Dutch ‘Voor volk en vaderland’. Volk en Vaderland was the name of the weekly of the Dutch nazi party NSB of the 1930s and 1940s, with Anton Mussert as its leader.

The Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) is increasingly disturbed by the serious and deteriorating humanitarian situation in northern Iraq. We reiterate our previous unequivocal condemnation of the violence perpetrated by ISIS (here) with the “depth and scale of barbarity attributed to ISIS” being “particularly unconscionable”: here.

US combat troops return to Iraq: here.

Evening primrose flower opening, video


This is a two-minute video about an evening primrose flower opening in the Netherlands.

This may look like an accelerated video, but it isn’t.

Gerard Mulder made the video.

Goldfinches, video


This video is about goldfinches in the Netherlands.

These birds are mainly dependent for feeding on the seeds of dandelions and other Asteraceae plants.

Gerrie van der Meulen made the video.

Dutch fundamentalist religious politician wants Iraq war re-start


This video from the USA is called Robert Greenwald Discusses 7th Anniversary of Iraq War and Rethink Afghanistan War on The Ed Show.

As we have seen on this blog, Bryan Fischer, the spokesman of the fundamentalist Protestant Christian American Families Association in the USA supports the violence of the Sunni Islamic ISIS fundamentalists in Iraq against the Yazidi minority, agreeing with ISIS that Yazidis are supposedly “devil worshipers.”

In the Netherlands, the fundamentalist Protestant political party SGP has quite opposite views than their US American counterparts.

NOS TV in the Netherlands reports that SGP member of parliament Bisschop wants Dutch F-16 warplanes to join the United States bombing of northern Iraq. The Dutch government would supposedly be ‘cowards’ if they don’t start bombing.

Mr Bisschop has not learned the bloody lessons of the United States war in Iraq; and of the Dutch military involvement in that.

By David Edwards in the USA:

Televangelist Pat Robertson on Monday invited retired General Paul Vallely to discuss why President Barack Obama and his entire national security staff needed to be removed from the U.S. government.

According to Vallely, the United States would suffer “cataclysmic events” if the president continued to refuse to go to war against the militant group ISIS in Iraq.

Colourful Dutch beetles, new book


This video from North Dakota in the USA is called Thistle Tortoise Beetle (Chrysomelidae: Cassida rubiginosa) on leaf.

Dutch entomologist Jaap Winkelman has published a new book. It is available here.

The name of the book is De Nederlandse Goudhaantjes. The word goudhaantje in the title stands for two small bird species living in the Netherlands, goldcrest and firecrest (‘vuurgoudhaantje’).

However, Winkelman’s book is not about birds. As goudhaantje is also the name of a family of mainly colourful beetles, Chrysomelidae or leaf beetles. There are over 35,000 leaf beetle species, according to Wikipedia. About 38,000, according to Winkelman’s book. Of these, 59 species live, or have lived in earlier times, in the Netherlands.

With Winkelman’s book, people will be able to discover all Chrysomelidae of Belgium and the Netherlands.

This video is called Scarlet lily beetle (Lilioceris lilii); a leaf beetle species living in the Netherlands.

House sparrows in a garden, video


This video is about many house sparrows (and a blackbird, and a collared dove) feeding.

Anthea Enders made this video in her garden in the Netherlands.