Dutch term – Slachtoffer

The word slachtoffer means “victim” or “casualty.”

On 4 May, the Dutch commemorate the casualties since World War II. The 4 May date was chosen because 5 May is Liberation Day, the anniversary of the liberation of the Netherlands on 5 May 1945. We commemorate before we celebrate.

Two years ago, I was at the National Genealogical Society conference in Grand Rapids on 4 May. You can read the speech I gave at the banquet to jointly commemorate the victims.

Dam palace filled with people commemorating the dead

Commemoration of the dead in Amsterdam. Jac. de Nijs, 1965. Image credits: Nationaal Archief (CC-BY-SA)

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Yvette Hoitink, CG® is a board-certified genealogist in the Netherlands. She has been doing genealogy for almost 30 years. Her expertise is helping people from across the world find their ancestors in the Netherlands. Read about Yvette's professional genealogy services.

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