Also Wilhelmina returns home
this week. Her return to Palace Noordeinde could mark the definite end of her exile from our country. However she does not move into the palace yet, in her autobiography she discribes that this would be inappropriate because of the remaining scarceness in our country. Rather than moving into the palace she stays in two villas in Scheveningen.
Shortly after her departure from her estate Anneville near Breda burglars took their chance
and found their way out with a few Persian rugs. As far as we could find those responsible where never found, nor the stolen rugs.
Such a homecoming is not for everyone. Slowly but surely the forced laborers return from German captivity. But not everyone returns
. The 20-year-old Cees Ippel succumbs, two months after he was freed. “His parents are dying of sadness.’’
Also (alleged) collaborators are a long way from home. In the ruins of Duindorp in The Hague they are forced to repair the damage
that the Germans inflicted, even though no-one had proven their guilt yet. In North-Germany members of the Wehrmacht have been locked in what can only be discribed as reservations, giant open-air prisons
in which they relatively have a lot of space. Attempts have been made to filter out the worst criminals for further processing. For example the infamous SD-member Knorr, who died this week
in a prison in Scheveningen. Suicide is what the official report ruled his death to be. But questions still remained.
Before the month was over, the plate would be removed from the hotel wall. Unscrewed by someone in a Canadian uniform. Newspaper Trouw found the action to be a scandal. “Did a German who could not stand the failure in Wageningen steal the plaque disguised as Canadian? Or did some ‘Canadian’ souvenir-hunter get it in his hands?” is what the paper asked. In the end it turned out to not be as exiting: after a few days a Canadian sergeant reported that he had removed a temporary wooden plate and replaced it by a marble version. “And so, the peace was signed once again.”
In the Dutch-East-Indies no time can be found for memorials. Over there the battle still continues. Submarine O 19 can not be put to battle this week because it ran on a riff. The only option is to destroy the ship
. Indonesia remains mostly battle free because the Americans decided to fire all arrows on Japan. During this battle the Philippines has now been liberated completely