Noticeable was that songwriter Jacques van Tol was never forbidden to perform his old job. When after a few months in hiding he was found and arrested the judge sentenced him to three years in prison. But he was allowed to continue working. Although disgraced in the public eye, under a pseudonym artists were all too happy to take his songs. Heintje Davids (Louis’s sister) asked him after the war for a come-back song: “Dear people,I am once again free; sorrow and suffering is behind me…” Also Wim Sonneveld, Cory Brokken and Tom Manders (Dorus) all used his material. Just as the legendary radio program De Bonte Dinsdagavondtrein - although the CEO of the AVRO strongly denied it. One of Van Tol’s most iconic creations was a parody from 1946 of his own NSB-creation Keuvel and Klesseber. Göring had to be buried in two coffins, is what Keuvel reported after the war. “Two coffins?”, was asked by Klessebes. “Yes missy”, is what Keuvel explained. “One for his medals.” Van Tol remained loyal to his lack of principles.
The Council for Restoration of Rights also starts its work. Decisions surrounding ownership disputes because of the war: stolen houses, household effects or other valuables. The council also focuses on confiscating German owned objects in the Netherlands. For example the land owned by the ex-emperor of Germany (Huis Doorn) and the island of Schiermonnikoog.
To help keep the peace a rather special British army division arrives: The Jewish brigade
. They are mainly used to guard German prisoners of war, however the army soon come to realize that it might take too much self-control to do so. The soldiers are send a different task.
Cilly Levitus, who briefly appeared in our article on the Jewish brigade, is worth of her own. Accompanied by her younger sister Jutta she found herself in a Dutch orphanage after the Kristall Night. With the help of a SS member she saved Juta from the Hollandse Schouwburg. “I have met the sweetest, most kind SS member to ever exist”, is what she wrote about this Alfons Zündler. Both sisters went into hiding and survived the war. In 1946 she married a member of the Jewish brigade and illegally moved to Palestine.
When during the 90s Zündler was found to be alive people spoke about awarding him with a Yad Vashem Award because he had saved several Jews. Eventually the idea was scrapped because of rumors that he sometimes did so in exchange for booze and sex. “Zündler has definitely saved several Jewish lives”, CIDI-director Naftaniël said, “but an award is meant to be given to those who preformed the act without acting from self-interest.”