Happy New Year everybody! Many records become public after 25, 50, 75, or 100 years. Here is an overview of some of the records that became public as of 1 January 2021. Exceptions may exist for records that involve people that could still be alive.
Civil registration records:
- Birth records from 1920
- Marriage records from 1945
- Death records from 1970
- Court records from 1945
- Police records from 1945
National government records:
- Minutes of the council of ministers, 1995. This includes the discussions about the Dutch role in Srebrenica, the response to the Turkish actions against Kurds in Northern Iraq, and whether the Netherlands should issue a formal apology to Indonesia for the violence in the year 1945-1949.
- Department of Justice, police division, which includes reports about concentration and extermination camps, the Putten razzia of 1 October 1944, and the prosecution of Jews in the Netherlands.
- Records of soldiers who served in the Dutch East Indies Army during and after World War II and during the decolonization.
Available at the National Archives in The Hague.
Because archives are currently closed because of a national lockdown, most of these records cannot be accessed right away.
Liberation of Camp Amersfoort, 1945. Credits: Willem van de Poll, collection Nationaal Archief (public domain).