Tag: Netherlands

Dutch Railroad Reckons With Holocaust Shame, 70 Years Later

AMSTERDAM — The indispensable role that German railroads played as part of the Nazi machinery of genocide during World War II has long been known. But it may be only now that the Dutch are beginning to fully reckon with the role that their own national railroad played in the Holocaust. For several decades, according […]

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Dutch Court Clears Doctor in Euthanasia of Dementia Patient

LONDON — A court in the Netherlands on Wednesday acquitted a doctor who had been accused of unlawful euthanasia for administering a lethal injection to a patient with dementia, a case that raised questions about the clarity of the country’s law in such circumstances. The patient, 74, who has not been publicly identified, had asked […]

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Their Mothers Chose Donor Sperm. The Doctors Used Their Own.

Growing up in Nacogdoches, Tex., Eve Wiley learned at age 16 that she had been conceived through artificial insemination with donor sperm. Her mother, Margo Williams, now 65, had sought help from Dr. Kim McMorries, telling him that her husband was infertile. She asked the doctor to locate a sperm donor. He told Mrs. Williams […]

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Where Libraries are the Tourist Attractions

About a decade ago libraries across the world faced a dilemma. Their vital functions — to supply books and access to information for the public — were being replaced by Amazon, e-books and public Wi-Fi. To fight for their survival, said Loida Garcia-Febo, president of the American Library Association, libraries tried to determine what other […]

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The Death and Birth of Europe’s Parties

PARIS — Political parties, Article 4 of the French Constitution states, “contribute to the expression of the vote. They are set up freely and carry out their activities accordingly. They must respect the principles of national sovereignty and of democracy.” Gen. Charles de Gaulle, who oversaw the drafting of the Constitution in 1958, did not […]

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Dutch Officials Decline to Enforce New Partial Ban on Burqas

The Netherlands put in place a new law that bans burqas, niqabs and other face coverings in some public places on Thursday, despite uncertainty over what authority — if any — was willing to enforce the measure, which has been criticized as Islamophobic. The law prohibits wearing coverings such as face veils, ski masks and […]

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Glimpsing Our Post-Consumption Future at the Cooper Hewitt

Plastics transformed the material world after World War II. Today, they pollute our oceans. A better future will be made with … algae. Or bacteria. That’s the dominant theme of a sweeping exhibition, “Nature: Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial.” On display here at the Smithsonian’s temple to the culture of design, on upper Fifth Avenue, are […]

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Europe Braces for ‘Hottest Day of the Year’

LONDON — Record-breaking and potentially life-threatening temperatures were expected across Western Europe on Thursday, a day after Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands surpassed their record highs. The northwestern German city of Geilenkirchen reached 40.5 degrees Celsius (105 Fahrenheit) on Wednesday, the nation’s weather service reported. The Netherlands and Belgium reached 38.6 and 40.2 degrees Celsius […]

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Renault and Nissan Need Each Other to Thrive in Future, 2 Leaders Say

A hoped-for merger between Fiat Chrysler and Renault is dead. Long live the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance — or else. That, in essence, was the message that emerged from interviews last week with Jean-Dominique Senard, the chairman of Renault, and Keiko Ihara, an independent Nissan board member, about the future of the troubled partnership between the automakers. […]

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Netherlands Was 10 Percent Liable in Srebrenica Deaths, Top Dutch Court Finds

LONDON — The Dutch Supreme Court on Friday upheld a decision that the Netherlands was partly responsible the deaths of 350 Muslim men during the 1995 Srebrenica massacre, while slashing the level of liability for damages set in an earlier ruling. An estimated 8,000 Muslim men and boys were killed by Bosnian Serb paramilitaries after […]

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Dutch Railway Will Pay Millions to Holocaust Survivors

LONDON — At the height of World War II, the Dutch railway ran special trains to transit camps where Jews and other minorities awaited deportation to Nazi death camps. The trains were commissioned by Germany, which had invaded the Netherlands in 1940, ignoring a Dutch proclamation of neutrality, and the Dutch railway, Nederlandse Spoorwegen, complied. […]

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The MH17 Charges, Explained

An international investigative team on Wednesday charged four people, including three with ties to Russian intelligence, with shooting down a Malaysia Airlines jet over Ukraine in 2014, killing 298 people. The long-awaited announcement, the culmination of an investigation by officials from five countries, is the first time anyone has been charged in connection with the […]

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