Everdina Maria Fortuin (1938 – 2009)

Mrs Fortuin with her fourth grandchild, Puck Schoenmaker in 2007.

Everdina Maria Fortuin (Eva), a mother of three and grandmother of five, passed away February 16th, 2009 in her home on the Korund street in Heerhugowaard. She lived to be 70 years old.

Mrs Fortuin was born in Westzaan on November 11th, 1938. She had a relatively turbulent youth, surviving the Second World War and living through her father losing his leg after an iron bar falling from a crane untreatably damaged it while he was working a job at a munition factory in 1940.

As a kid, Eva loved visiting family in Friesland and fell in love with the northern Dutch province from which her father originated.

In her adult life, Eva completed the domestic science school and subsequently started working as a nurse at the Centraal Ziekenhuis hospital in Alkmaar.

After meeting and marrying Johannes (Joop) Adams in 1961, she moved to Heerhugowaard. During the marriage, she had three children: Ronald (1961), Frank (1964), and Annemiek Adams (1968). The relationship did not last, however, and the two divorced in 1988 after 27 years of marriage. Joop passed away in Alkmaar two years later in March of 1990.

Mrs Fortuin’s first grandchild, Tom Adams (son of Frank Adams), was born in 1996. In 1998, while expecting her third grandchild, Klaas, Eva was diagnosed with cancer. The illness seemingly disappeared several times, but indefinitely returned in 2001.

Eva never gave up the fight against cancer, even resorting to chemotherapy in the later stages of the illness. Although the chemo significantly weakened her, Mrs Fortuin always made sure to take care of her family.

One of the things she enjoyed most – besides taking care of her garden – was taking care of her grandchildren. She managed to make time free in order to pick them up from school and let them stay at her house until the very end of her life.

In 2009, after suffering a leg injury, her health quickly deteriorated. After staying in a hospital and a rest-home for a couple of months, she requested to be transferred to her home in order to spend her last days surrounded by family and friends.

After her passing, Mrs Fortuin was buried in the cemetery next to her regular church, the Hervormde Gemeente in Broek op Langedijk.

Mrs Fortuin is survived by her three children: Ronald Adams, Frank Adams, and Annemiek Adams; and five grandchildren. Her death was preceded by those of both her mom and dad, who passed away at age 76 and 90 respectively.


Fact Checking: Ruud Lubbers’ Death Reporting

This article will be fact-checking the New York Times article talking about the passing of past Prime Minister of The Netherlands, Ruud Lubbers.

Article: Longest-Serving Dutch PM, Ruud Lubbers, Dies Aged 78

StatementTrue?SourceNotes (if necessary)
Ruud Lubbers is the longest-serving President of the Netherlands.Dutch Rijksoverheid record of governments since 1945: https://www.rijksoverheid.nl/regering/over-de-regering/kabinetten-sinds-1945He did lead the country for the longest time.
Ruud Lubbers pulled the Netherlands out of recession.Record of the Dutch Economy over the history: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Economy_of_the_NetherlandsThe economy did grow during Lubbers' term in parliament.
Ruud Lubbers died on Wednesday, February 14th.Dutch Rijksoverheid statement on Lubbers' Death: https://www.rijksoverheid.nl/actueel/nieuws/2018/02/14/mededeling-rijksvoorlichtingsdienst-namens-de-familie-lubbers
Ruud Lubbers died aged 78.Dutch Rijksoverheid statement on Lubbers' Death: https://www.rijksoverheid.nl/actueel/nieuws/2018/02/14/mededeling-rijksvoorlichtingsdienst-namens-de-familie-lubbers
Ruub Lubbers was a Christian Democrat.Dutch Parliament profile on Lubbers: https://www.parlement.com/id/vg09llfurayx/r_f_m_ruud_lubbersHe was the front member of the Dutch CDA (Christian Democratic Appeal)
Ruud Lubbers led the Netherlands through the 1980s into the 1990s.Dutch Rijksoverheid record of governments since 1945: https://www.rijksoverheid.nl/regering/over-de-regering/kabinetten-sinds-1945He was Prime-Minister of the Netherlands between 4th of November 1982 and 22th of August 1994.
Ruud Lubbers served the UN's High Commissioner for Refugees.UNHCR: http://www.unhcr.org/ruud-lubbers-netherlands-2001-2005.htmlHe served this position between 2001 and 2005.
Ruud Lubbers died at his home in the presence of his wife and children.Dutch Rijksoverheid statement on Lubbers' Death: https://www.rijksoverheid.nl/actueel/nieuws/2018/02/14/mededeling-rijksvoorlichtingsdienst-namens-de-familie-lubbersHis family states that this was the case in a government-issued statement.
Ruud Lubbers had been sick for a while.?n/AExcept some slight rumouring, there does not seem to be any specific information on the type or duration of Mr. Lubbers' ailment.
Ruud Lubbers became Prime-Minister of the netherlands at age 43.Both the Dutch record of Governments: https://www.rijksoverheid.nl/regering/over-de-regering/kabinetten-sinds-1945 and Lubbers' Parliament profile: https://www.parlement.com/id/vg09llfurayx/r_f_m_ruud_lubbersFrom these two sources you can conclude that this should be the case.
Ruud Lubbers led three consecutive governments from 1982 to 1994.Dutch Rijksoverheid record of governments since 1945: https://www.rijksoverheid.nl/regering/over-de-regering/kabinetten-sinds-1945
Mark Rutte said that the country had "lost a statesman with international stature".Statement of Prime Minister Mark Rutte on the passing of Mr. Lubbers: https://www.rijksoverheid.nl/actueel/nieuws/2018/02/14/verklaring-minister-president-rutte-op-het-overlijden-van-oud-premier-ruud-lubbers
Ruud Lubbers is regarded the Dutch ideological counterpart of British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.✓/?Interview with Mayor Jos Hessels: https://www.1limburg.nl/burgemeester-lubbers-het-rijtje-van-reagan-en-thatcherLubbers has been compared to Thatcher by the mayor of the small town of Echt-Susteren
Lubbers cut spending on social welfare programs under the slogan "more market, less government".?n/ACan't find that specific slogan (or anything similar in Dutch) in any records.
Lubbers stopped his position at the UNHCR after being accused of sexual harassment.UNHCR: http://www.unhcr.org/ruud-lubbers-netherlands-2001-2005.html
Lubbers was born in Rotterdam on May 7, 1939.Dutch Parliament profile on Lubbers: https://www.parlement.com/id/vg09llfurayx/r_f_m_ruud_lubbers
Ruud Lubbers served four years as economics minister in a center-left coalition from 1973 and later as parliamentary spokesman for the Christian Democrats.Dutch Parliament profile on Lubbers: https://www.parlement.com/id/vg09llfurayx/r_f_m_ruud_lubbers(See timeline)
Ruud Lubbers was a practicing Roman Catholic.Statement by the Dutch Roman Catholic Church: https://www.rkkerk.nl/bisschop-van-den-hende-van-rotterdam-leidt-eucharistieviering-uitvaart-oud-premier-lubbers/Lubbers practiced his faith until his death and afterwards he had a Roman Catholic service for his passing.
Ruud Lubbers told Pope John Paul during a 1985 visit to the Netherlands that many Dutch Catholics found his conservatism threatening.Documentary on the Pope's visit that year: https://www.npo.nl/en-toen-was-er-beeld/25-12-2011/NCRV_1482073
Ruud Lubbers was fluent in English, French and GermanLubbers speaking English: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yEfZKQ0YCEw. The rest has been mentioned in the government statement on his passing.
Lubbers had three children with his wife Ria.Dutch Parliament profile on Lubbers: https://www.parlement.com/id/vg09llfurayx/r_f_m_ruud_lubbers

Humans of Amsterdam Oost

“Originally I am from Zeist. I have lived in Amsterdam for 40 years. After studying Law I worked as a lawyer for a few years before I got transferred to the court. In court I did my training for judge. I finished my training with success, let’s say. In the end I worked for 34, or 30 years as a judge. I did stop working now, but as a judge you are appointed for life. … If we want to buy a good book, we always go to Javaplein. To that little store at the end here.”


Local and International Issues. Tuesday, Feb. 13.

Local Issues

The Famine Ended 70 Years Ago, but Dutch Genes Still Bear Scars (Carl Zimmer).

One of the first stories that stood out for me was Carl Zimmer’s story on the Dutch Hunger Winter and its recurring effects on modern descendants of survivors of this period during the 2nd World War. Although this is not really a story on a recent event or relevant topic, I have always been interested in the Dutch history of this period, so I decided to read up on it.

The Dutch Hunger Winter was a period spanning the winter between 1944 and 1945, in which the German Nazi troops blocked access to the food supplies in a response to the nearing Allied forces. This affected the health of most children born during this famine. Recently, epigenetics researchers have started to look at possible affects the Hunger Winter had on the genes of these children. One discovery they did is the fact that a lot of these people had higher amounts of methyl groups on their PIM3 genes, which contributes to the body’s metabolism. It is hypothesized that these methyl groups have a quieting function on the genes, which could be the causation of the higher than average body mass indices these people usually possess.

This story was definitely an interesting read for me. Not only because I’m interested in the history, but also because it goes into some fascinating scientific details of the longer-term effects of the Dutch Hunger Winter. Just the simple fact that there are still people around that carry a figurative scar with them from this short period of time is baffling to me and definitely contributed to my view and knowledge of the atrocities that occurred during the 2nd World War.

Dutch Reporters Show How to Keep American Officials Honest (Carol Giacom0).

The second header that sparked my eye was one concerning something that happened in the Netherlands about a month ago. When Peter Hoekstra, the American ambassador to the Netherlands officially started his new job in January, reporters started to dig up some of his past quotes on the sociopolitical situation in the Netherlands.

One example of Mr Hoekstra’s comments was one given in an interview in 2015 when he stated that there is “chaos in the Netherlands. There are cars being burned. Politicians are being burned … and yes, there are no-go zones in the Netherlands.” After being confronted with these (false) statements, the ambassador went to say that these comments were “Fake news”, before denying having said even that moments later. The Dutch media didn’t let this go unnoticed, and after expansive coverage of the events, Mr Hoekstra eventually apologized and stated he “mixed up countries.”

Even though this opinion piece clearly addresses political drama in the Netherlands, the author also tries to make references to the current American political landscape. The author seems to very much agree with the Dutch way of reporting and hopes to see it more often in America as well.

“It would be good to see that more often on this side of the ocean, especially since the confrontation seemed to have had a salutary effect.”

I thought this was a very interesting read, especially because most of the reporting I received on this topic before was from Dutch news media. It is always good to see things from new perspectives, and I believe this was a very good example of such a case.

International Issues

U.S. and Russia Revive Cold-War Game of Provocative Street Names (Neil MacFarquhar).

For some unapparent reason, I’m very often drawn to articles concerning the current U.S.-Russia relation whenever compared to the Cold War. This article especially seemed to contain some more lighthearted language, which I could honestly use after reading so many articles concerning serious world issues.

What this article specifically mentions is the fact that both the U.S. and Russia started naming streets where (former) embassies are located in order to provoke one another. Whereas the United States started it my renaming the address of the Russian Embassy in Washington to ‘1 Boris Nemtsov Plaza’, Russia quickly followed by changing the name of an alley near the United States Embassy to ‘1 North American Dead End.’

This is (hopefully) all meant in a more joking manner, and there probably isn’t too much political motivation behind it. Nonetheless, it did make me think of the possible danger a new Cold War could pose, especially with the Netherlands being right in the middle of it all. Let’s just hope the jokery stays lighthearted like this, and it doesn’t escalate too much further.

How Germany’s New Coalition Explains Europe’s Uncertain Future (Amanda Taub).

Last up is an article about the new German coalition, and how it’s so symbolic for the way Europe is headed according to the author. On February 7th, Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats made a deal that committed them to a coalition with Martin Schultz’s Social Democrats.

Although at first glance this new coalition might seem like an achievement for the parties in the centre of the political spectrum, the author argues this is a sign of worse things to come. As these kinds of coalitions tend to be “ideologically” weird, and tend not to listen much to the more extreme ends of the spectrum, this might weird out voters. She goes on to list a number of countries where this sort of an event already resulted in “hollowing out” the centre, like the Netherlands and France. After elaborating on the ways these collaborations in the centre could polarize the voters in a country, the author goes on to conclude that politicians need to slowly build up the discipline to try to win the voters back and get a solid track record again.

I thought this article was quite interesting. While at first, it seemed like a general story on the new German coalition and its effects on Europe, it ended up being a much broader piece that’s more about politics and ideologies in general. It also at several points directly related to the Netherlands, which I found very interesting to read. The author mentioned the fact that, even though the far-right didn’t win a majority in last year’s elections, they did gain a lot of votes while the other parties encountered big losses. I really appreciated the realistic approach of this article and it was a solid read for me.

Reporting on the Community: AUC Student Media

Amsterdam University College has a tight community unlike many (more traditional) universities around. The dorms and the small-scale create a sense of familiarity between students and this paves the way for some interesting phenomenon. One of these is the way students treat media within the school. There are a few official university media outlets like ‘The Herring’ and ‘Scriptus,’ which all present different views of actualities.

One shared subject though is creating a sense of shared responsibility among students. Because AUC has such a tight-knit community that’s close to each other a large amount of the time, there’s obviously going to be some problems between students. This is why outlets like ‘The Herring’ try to make students aware of this by writing stories about subjects like sexual consent and doing surveys about these topics.

Other outlets like ‘Scriptus’ like to focus more on shared annoyances between students and the issues you get while living in the dorms. One good example of this is the comic they posted in their last edition on the lacking customer service of DUWO (the owners of the dorm building). This is obviously more lighthearted than the confronting stories in ‘The Herring’, but it nonetheless helps to improve the community feeling that’s present within the university.

DUWO Comic
The DUWO comic as shown in Scriptus Issue 26.

Compared to other university newspapers like Advulvus (VU) and Folia (UvA & HvA), these forms of reporting seem a lot more focused and specific. This arguably fits the AUC environment very well, however. Since UC students are always going to be around each other, it’s good to work on the sense of connectedness and familiarity, while also trying to not polarize people too much.