Wednesday, December 2, 2009

New Book: Did Father of Queen Support Coup d’Etat in Indonesia?

A new book by the historian Harry Veenendaal and the journalist Jort Kelder claims that in 1950 Prince Bernhard, father of the current Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, was involved in the preparation of a coup d’etat in Indonesia. This is based on the diaries of the secretary of the court Gerrie van Maasdijk and reports of the military police which investigated rumors about a coup d’etat. The historian Cees Fasseur, who has published extensively about the royal family, claims that there is no proof of this.

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