Dutch term – Ontslagen

Ontslagen means “discharged.” It can mean that someone was fired from a job, but also that they were discharged from a facility like a prison or beggar’s colony. For example, there is the Geheim Register van Ontslagen Gevangenen, the Secret Register of Released Prisoners.

Fired workers of the Boele ship wharf registering at the labor office, 1987. Credits: Rob Bogaerts, Anefo press office, collection Nationaal Archief (CC-0)

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