The Jacoba van Tongeren foundation has lodged a protest with broadcaster NTR against the latest episode of Het Verhaal van Nederland. The foundation believes that the role of the resistance in the Second World War is wrongly minimized in the broadcast and asks the broadcaster to revise the broadcast.
The last episode of the successful history series that was shown on NPO 2 on April 13 was called Liberators and Occupiers and was about how the Netherlands fared during and just after the German occupation in the 1940s. Presenter Daan Schuurmans stated, among other things, that “the resistance quickly extinguished” and that “only a few dared to take action”.
Paul van Tongeren, chairman of the board of the Jacoba van Tongeren foundation, calls that image “obviously incorrect” and moreover “a slap in the face of all Dutch people who risked their lives for freedom in their fight against injustice and oppression”. He asks the broadcaster, also on behalf of dozens of descendants of well-known and lesser-known resistance fighters, to adjust the episode. “In this way, we want to ensure that viewers get a correct picture of the Dutch resistance during repeated broadcasts and especially when used in schools,” says Van Tongeren, descendant of Jacoba van Tongeren, leader of the resistance group Group 2000.
The NTR “of course takes the criticism of the foundation seriously”, a spokesperson said. “We’ll look into it closely and come back to it later.”