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Drees family turns private papers over to National Archives

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THE HAGUE — The Dutch National Archives recently launched a virtual exhibit on postwar Dutch premier Willem Drees who governed from 1948 to 1958. The depository already housed a collection on Drees' public life and also received the family collection following the death of son Jan when the parental home was vacated. The collection includes Willem's correspondence with his fiancé (all in shorthand) and documents relating to his detention in Buchenwald as a political prisoner of the Nazis. It took Drees’ biographer ten months to catalogue the collection.