This is a Dutch video on the Schiphol fire.
From the Google cache.
Amsterdam: ‘They let my fiancé die like a dog’
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Date: 10/29/05 at 10:32PM
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Interview (translated) from Dutch daily De Volkskrant, on the fire which killed eleven people at Schiphol, Amsterdam airport:
‘He was treated like a dog’
By our reporter Peter de Graaf
HORST – On Saturday, she saw Vitaliy Khvylovyy (30) for the last time, in the jail where she visited him before he would have been expelled from The Netherlands.
‘Please, come see me soon, he said, we will meet again in Ukraine. Now, he is dead.’
Sobbing, Polish Halina Denis (23) sits in the office of mushroom farm Champibelle in Horst.
On Friday morning, she heard that her Ukrainian friend Vitaliy Khvylovyy (30) had died from the Schiphol jail fire.
‘In January, we would get married. On Wednesday afternoon, he stil called me.
He would be expelled to Ukraïne. …
Last week, on Wednesday evening, Vitaliy was caught during a raid by the Aliens Police in the mushroom farm in Limburg province.
He was not even there to work.
He was looking for his girlfriend Halina, who, however, was still in Poland then.
Champibelle manager Piet Heniger: ‘He just wanted to leave, when the Aliens Police raiders came in.
‘There would not have been any problem, if he would have left one minute earlier.’ …
After the raid, Vitaliy was jailed in Venlo. He had kidney trouble, and asked for a doctor.
But, says Halina, he did not get any medical help.
Last Saturday, Halina visited her boyfiend in jail: ‘We could embrace each other, talk a bit, and there were many tears.’
[After other jails] … on Wednesday, he arrived in Schiphol jail.
‘Nowhere did he get any medical help’, Halina tells, crying
‘If a doctor would have seen him, then by now he would have been in some hospital.
They treated him like a dog.
But he was not a criminal.
He was from a poor family and wanted to earn money here for his family.’
[Only after days passed, the authorities confirmed his death. Heniger says]: ‘Halina was working, picking mushrooms.
With her friend Monika, I told her that Vitaliy died. That was extremely emotional.
These two really loved each other.’
Halina, mother of three children and divorcing, sees her world break down.
Her friends and colleagues need too hug and comfort her all the time.
They are furious because of the situation in the jail.
‘So few jailers, so many prisoners’, Anna Koziej says angrily.
‘Those jailers also supposed the fire was a joke.’
Vitaliy was a good, cheerful, hard working, and sensitive man, Halina tells.
She got to know him at the mushroom farm.
‘My children already called him daddy.’
Colleague Ola: ‘He always had a laugh on his face, he was full of jokes and pranks.’