Monday, 22 February 2010

Heirs to the Dutch Resistance quit allies’ fight against fascism

The Dutch Labour Party has refused to agree to any further extension of the mission being carried out by Dutch troops in Oruzgan province, Afghanistan. As a result, the governing coalition has collapsed and elections are likely. More from NRC Handelsblad, Radio Netherlands Worldwide video, and The New York Times.

The Dutch Labour Party, the Partij van de Arbeid (PvdA), was founded in 1946, as the successor to the pre-war Social Democratic Labour Party (SDAP). In the 1930s the SDAP was both anti-fascist and anti-communist. The SDAP joined the national coalition government on the eve of the Nazi invasion, and SDAP members served as ministers in the Dutch government in exile in London during the occupation.

Illustration by Jan Rot, co-founder of SDAP underground paper Paraat under the Nazi occupation. (This drawing is from before the war, via

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