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The teacher who saved hundreds of Jewish children

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Van Hulst, who died on 22 March aged 107, was a key part of the network that helped at least 600 Dutch babies and children escape the Nazis.

Those children survived thanks to carefully orchestrated operations that smuggled them away right in front of the Nazis seeking to send them to concentration camps.

In 1942, two years after the German invasion of the Netherlands, Johan van Hulst – the son of a furniture upholsterer – was working as a lecturer at a Calvinist teacher training college in Amsterdam.

The school was in the predominantly Jewish neighbourhood of Plantage just east of the city centre.

In the summer of 1942, the school faced closure when the government withdrew funding. Van Hulst, unlike the school’s management, insisted it could remain open without government subsidies, and knocked on the doors of students’ parents to help fund it.

It stayed open, and the remaining teachers and Van Hulst – now the principal, with two young children – kept it going by working twice their previous hours on a minimum wage.

Across the road from Van Hulst’s school was the Hollandsche Schouwburg, a former theatre seized by the Nazis in 1941 to be used as a deportation centre.

While the records of those detained there are no longer available, historians believe about 46,000 people were deported from the old theatre over about 18 months up to the end of 1943.

Most ended up at concentration camps in Westerbork in the Netherlands, or Auschwitz and Sobibor in occupied Poland.

The deportation centre’s administrator was a German-Jewish man named Walter Süskind, entrusted to run the centre by Nazis who disregarded his Jewish heritage because of his SS links.

Soon after starting his work there however, he noticed that it was easy to help people escape. He falsified arrival numbers, claiming for example that 60 people instead of 75 had arrived on a particular day, and then letting 15 people escape.

His task became easier when, in early 1943, the Nazis took over a crèche across the road from the theatre – and next door to Van Hulst’s school – to place Jewish children before deporting them to concentration camps.

Süskind joined forces with the head of the crèche, Henriëtte Pimentel, sneaking children to safety when a tram passed in front of the crèche.

It was only when Pimentel persuaded Van Hulst to join them that their rescue efforts picked up speed.

Their buildings were separated at the back by a hedge. The crèche’s nurses would pass children over the hedge to Van Hulst, who would in turn pass them on to Resistance groups who would help hide them. Read More

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Osun Governorship Election: Live Updates, Results and Situation Report

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Osun Governorship Election: Live Updates, Results and Situation Report

After months of electioneering campaign accompanied with accusations and counter accusations, electorate in Osun, the seat of Oduduwa, would march to the polling booths across the state to elect the next governor.

Whoever emerges winner in today’s contest will take over from the leadership of Rauf Aregbesola.

Aregbesola is expected to vacate the government house having almost completed his two terms as enshrined in the constitution.

The electoral body had earlier released names of 48 successful candidates who indicated interests in becoming the next governor of the state.

However, among the 48 contenders, five persons have been tipped for the number one stool in the state.

Among the five top contenders are: Gboyega Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress, who is having the backing of the outgoing governor, Aregbesola, Ademola Adeleke of the Peoples Democratic Party, Iyiola Omisore of the Social Democratic Party, SDP, Fatai Akinade Akinbade of the African Democratic Congress, ADC and Alhaji Moshood Adeoti of the Action Democratic Party(ADP).

Meanwhile, heavily armed security officials, including 18,426 policemen are already in the town to forestall any outbreak of violence during and after the election.

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  • PDP governorship candidate,Senator Ademola Adeleke(in white), with his allies during visits to some heads and elders in Alagbede, Asunmo communities during the election in Ede on Saturday

  • Voting commences at Ward 13, unit 4, Fagbesa. Osogbo.

  • An INEC ad hoc staff lecturing the voters on the use of the ballot paper, at Ward 4, Unit 13, Osogbo LGA

 

  • Prospective voters check their names on the INEC list at Orisunbare Village, Unit 001, Ede South. Photo: Odutayo Odusanya

 

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Breaking: CBN revokes Skye Bank’s licence

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CBN revokes Skye Bank’s licence

The Central Bank of Nigeria has withdrawn the operating licence of Skye Bank.

Umar Ibrahim, chairman of the Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC), made this known to journalists today Friday September 21st.

The former Skye Bank which has been taken over by the Assets Management Corporations of Nigeria (AMCON) will now be known as Polaris Bank.

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Vietnamese President, Tran Dai Quang, dies

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Vietnam’s President Tran Dai Quang died Friday at age 61 after a prolonged and serious illness, state media reported.

He passed away from a “serious illness despite devoted treatment by professors and doctors” both in Vietnam and abroad, the official Vietnam News Agency said.

In office as president since April 2016 after more than four decades at the powerful Ministry of Public Security, Quang had a reputation as a tough leader with little tolerance for dissent.

Though he held one of the country’s top four positions and was officially the head of state, his role as president was seen as largely ceremonial, greeting visiting leaders and hosting diplomatic events in a bid to boost Vietnam’s profile on the world stage.

Quang had appeared thin and pale in public, and was unstable on his feet last week when he hosted a welcoming ceremony for Indonesian President Joko Widodo in Hanoi last week.

His last public appearance was just two days ago, at a meeting with visiting Chinese politicians and foreign dignitaries in Hanoi.

Quang, a member of the Politburo, had a reputation as tough and influential in the inner circles of the communist party, though often appeared uncomfortable in the public eye and lacked the charisma of some of his peers in the upper echelons of the party.

In an interview with AFP in 2016 ahead of a visit by the former French leader Francois Hollande, Quang read from a prepared statement and was quickly escorted from the room by staff when a question went off-script.

State media made a sombre announcement of his death Friday and celebrated his long commitment to public service.

His time in office was dominated by a simmering conflict with Beijing over the South China Sea, a long-running dispute between the communist neighbours that escalated on several occasions.

Vietnam cancelled at least one oil drilling project in the resource-rich region during Quang’s tenure in an apparent bid to quell tensions.

He was the administration’s most public face at a series of high-profile events, most notably at an APEC meeting in Danang in November last year where he hosted a bevy of world leaders — including US President Donald Trump and China’s Xi Jinping.

As president, he oversaw a crackdown on dissidents that rights groups have decried as a chokehold on free expression. More than 40 people were jailed this year and some 100 have been behind bars as of April 2018, according to Amnesty International.

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