These Dancers Escaped the War. Their Journeys Are Just Beginning.

Hundreds of ballet dancers and students fled Ukraine after Russia’s invasion. With opportunities scarce, many will have to keep moving if they want to keep dancing.

#amsterdam-netherlands, #dancing, #dutch-national-ballet, #kate-myklukha, #lopez-lourdes, #miami-fla, #miami-city-ballet, #netherlands, #polina-loshchylina, #russia, #ukraine, #victoria-glazunova, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Ukraine War Divides Orthodox Faithful

Around the world, national churches, parishes and even families are reassessing relations with Patriarch Kirill of Moscow, who has encouraged Russia’s aggression.

#amsterdam-netherlands, #clergy, #eastern-orthodox-church, #europe, #istanbul-turkey, #italy, #kirill-i, #lithuania, #orthodox-church-in-america, #patriarch-incorporated, #politics-and-government, #prayers-and-prayer-books, #priests, #putin-vladimir-v, #religion-and-belief, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #russian-orthodox-church, #ukraine, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Russia’s Storied Ballet Is Among the Casualties of War

Ballet has long been a symbol of Russian culture. Now it is becoming a symbol of Russian isolation.

#amsterdam-netherlands, #bolshoi-theater, #dancing, #dutch-national-ballet, #maillot-jean-christophe, #mariinsky-ballet, #moscow-russia, #netherlands, #ratmansky-alexei, #raymonda-ballet, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #smirnova-olga, #spartacus-ballet, #st-petersburg-russia, #ukraine, #urin-vladimir

Dutch Publisher of ‘The Betrayal of Anne Frank’ Halts Publication

The move came after five historians called into question the findings of the book, in which a “cold case” team sought to answer a long-running mystery.

#amsterdam-netherlands, #books-and-literature, #frank-anne, #harpercollins-publishers, #holocaust-and-the-nazi-era, #jews-and-judaism, #netherlands, #pankoke-vince, #sullivan-rosemary-1947, #van-twisk-pieter

Olga Smirnova, Opposed to the Ukraine War, Quits the Bolshoi

Olga Smirnova said she was against the war in Ukraine “with all the fibers of my soul.” Now, she has joined the Dutch National Ballet.

#amsterdam-netherlands, #bolshoi-ballet, #content-type-personal-profile, #dancing, #dutch-national-ballet, #mariinsky-ballet, #moscow-russia, #raymonda-ballet, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #smirnova-olga

She Discovered What Happened to 400 Dutch Jews Who Disappeared

In a new exhibition, Wally de Lang, a Dutch historian, has tracked what happened to each of the men rounded up in the first Nazi raids on Dutch Jews, whose fates have largely been a mystery for decades.

#amsterdam-netherlands, #germany, #holocaust-and-the-nazi-era, #jews-and-judaism, #wally-de-lang, #world-war-ii-1939-45

Kandinsky Painting Returned to Jewish Heirs by Amsterdam Museum

Dutch officials, citing their “moral duty,” gave over the work which had been held by the Stedelijk Museum since 1940.

#amsterdam-netherlands, #arts-and-antiquities-looting, #holocaust-and-the-nazi-era, #kandinsky-wassily, #mondex-corp, #museums, #stedelijk-museum-amsterdam

Dutch Publisher Apologizes Over Disputed Anne Frank Book

Ambo Anthos Publishers said it would delay printing more copies. HarperCollins, the book’s publisher in the United States, declined to comment.

#ambo-anthos-publishers, #amsterdam-netherlands, #books-and-literature, #frank-anne, #harpercollins-publishers, #holocaust-and-the-nazi-era, #van-twisk-pieter, #world-war-ii-1939-45

Stowaway Survives Flight to Amsterdam in a Plane’s Wheel Bay

The police are investigating how the man got onto the flight from Johannesburg via Nairobi.

#airlines-and-airplanes, #amsterdam-netherlands, #europe, #federal-aviation-administration, #johannesburg-south-africa, #nairobi-kenya

Belgian Port City Grapples With a Flood of Cocaine

Antwerp has become the main port of entry into Europe for the drug, which is being blamed for a surge of violence that has prompted some Belgian officials to call for a war on drugs.

#amsterdam-netherlands, #antwerp-belgium, #belgium, #cocaine-and-crack-cocaine, #colombia, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #europol, #gangs, #netherlands, #ships-and-shipping, #smuggling

How 2 Flights to Europe May Have Spurred Spread of New Variant

A confounding array of Covid rules and lax enforcement of mask wearing may have sent on infected passengers on two KLM flights from South Africa to “who knows where.”

#airlines-and-airplanes, #amsterdam-netherlands, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #klm-royal-dutch-airlines, #netherlands, #schiphol-airport, #south-africa, #vaccination-and-immunization, #world-health-organization

Cities Are Not Only Tackling Covid, But Its Pollution, Too

All around the world the remnants of a global pandemic are testing the resolve of governments and private firms to rid the planet of its waste.

#amsterdam-netherlands, #california, #cape-town-south-africa, #chile, #citiesfortomorrow, #coquimbo-chile, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #environment, #gloves, #hong-kong, #houston-tex, #johannesburg-south-africa, #la-jolla-calif, #london-england, #naturalis-biodiversity-center-leiden-netherlands, #netherlands, #protective-clothing-and-gear, #recycling-of-waste-materials, #river-thames-england, #rivers, #sewers-and-sewage, #waste-materials-and-disposal, #water-pollution

Jacqueline de Jong Paints It All

At 82, the artist continues to make works that respond to the world around her, whether they comment on the migrant crisis or transform the potatoes she grows in her garden.

#amsterdam-netherlands, #art, #content-type-personal-profile, #de-jong-jacqueline, #ortuzar-projects-manhattan-ny, #refugees-and-displaced-persons

Bernard Haitink, Conductor Who Let Music Speak for Itself, Dies at 92

Mr. Haitink, who was closely identified with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam, drew direct, unaffected interpretations of symphonic works and opera.

#amsterdam-netherlands, #classical-music, #deaths-obituaries, #haitink-bernard, #royal-concertgebouw-orchestra

Colonial-Era Royal Carriage Stirs Up Modern Backlash in Netherlands

The “Golden Coach,” built for Queen Wilhelmina of Holland in 1896, is emerging as a new focus of debate over slavery, colonialist oppression and history.

#amsterdam-netherlands, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #museums, #netherlands, #royal-families, #simons-sylvana, #wilders-geert, #willem-alexander-king-of-the-netherlands

Prominent Dutch Crime Reporter Is Shot in Center of Amsterdam

Peter R. de Vries, famous for solving cold cases and hosting his own televised crime show, was shot in the head and fighting for his life Tuesday night. His reporting regularly drew death threats.

#amsterdam-netherlands, #de-vries-peter-r, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #netherlands, #news-and-news-media

Rembrandt’s Damaged Masterpiece Is Whole Again, With A.I.’s Help

Sections of “The Night Watch” were cut off in the 18th century and lost. Now, new technology lets viewers imagine how the original work might have looked.

#amsterdam-netherlands, #art, #artificial-intelligence, #restoration-and-renovation, #van-rijn-rembrandt-harmenszoon

Amsterdam Works to Shore Up Its Crumbling Canals and Bridges

For the next two decades, the scenic city and tourist magnet is going to look more like one gigantic construction site.

#amsterdam-netherlands, #canals, #infrastructure-public-works

Film or Real Life?

Sometimes a place is more than just a place; it can be a scene. Even the blankest backdrops, like a parking lot or a sun-baked freeway, can shimmer with cinematic potential. Four photographers showed us the movie moments that they found all over.

#amsterdam-netherlands, #bottoms-september-dawn, #hague-netherlands, #los-angeles-calif, #michaels-jake-photographer, #movies, #photography, #taiwan, #tulsa-okla, #van-rij-sarah, #xu-an-rong

Children of the Holocaust Who Are Anonymous No More

Researchers using enhanced, rare footage of a transport to a Nazi death camp have been able to identify some passengers, including children who survived.

#amsterdam-netherlands, #concentration-camps, #documentary-films-and-programs, #holocaust-and-the-nazi-era, #jews-and-judaism, #world-war-ii-1939-45

The Woman Who Made Vincent van Gogh

Neglected by art history for decades, Jo van Gogh-Bonger, the painter’s sister-in-law, is finally being recognized as the force who opened the world’s eyes to his genius.

#amsterdam-netherlands, #art, #content-type-personal-profile, #diaries, #luijten-hans, #netherlands, #van-gogh-museum, #van-gogh-bonger-johanna-1862-1925, #van-gogh-theo, #van-gogh-vincent

In Empty Amsterdam, Reconsidering Tourism

Before Covid-19, the city was packed with visitors. Now efforts to rein in the expected post-pandemic crowds are ramping up, but not without controversy.

#amsterdam-netherlands, #coffeehouses, #prostitution, #travel-and-vacations

The Sunday Read: ‘Rembrandt in the Blood’

No one had spotted a new painting by the Dutch master for four decades — until the scion of a storied Amsterdam family found two.

#amsterdam-netherlands, #auctions, #netherlands, #van-rijn-rembrandt-harmenszoon

One of Turkey’s Hottest Rock Bands Has an Unlikely Source

Altin Gun’s fans say the band does more for Turkey’s image than the government. No one seems to mind that it’s actually Dutch.

#altin-gun-music-group, #amsterdam-netherlands, #content-type-personal-profile, #folk-music, #pop-and-rock-music, #turkey, #verhulst-jasper

Walking (and Skating) on Thin Ice, Some in Europe Paid the Price

Temperatures that had not been seen in years brought out the playful side of people across the continent. A few who took to icy canals and ponds needed rescuing.

#accidents-and-safety, #amsterdam-netherlands, #berlin-germany, #europe, #ice, #ice-skating, #snow-and-snowstorms

Asia’s ‘El Chapo’ Is Arrested in Amsterdam

Tse Chi Lop, said to be the leader of a multibillion-dollar drug syndicate, was arrested in Amsterdam and faces extradition to Australia.

#amsterdam-netherlands, #australia, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #interpol-international-criminal-police-organization, #methamphetamines

Dutch Court Rules Against Jewish Heirs on Claim for Kandinsky Work

A recent finding of fault with a Restitution Commissions panel had led the heirs to hope that the court might find for them and return the painting.

#amsterdam-netherlands, #art, #arts-and-antiquities-looting, #dutch-restitutions-commission, #holocaust-and-the-nazi-era, #kandinsky-wassily, #kohnstamm-committee-netherlands, #mondex-corp, #museums, #netherlands, #painting-with-houses, #stedelijk-museum-amsterdam

Return Looted Art to Former Colonies, Dutch Committee Tells Government

The Netherlands should show “a willingness to return” items taken without consent, and to do so without conditions, a report said.

#amsterdam-netherlands, #arts-and-antiquities-looting, #colonization, #museums

A Clue to Van Gogh’s Final Days Is Found in His Last Painting

A researcher says he has uncovered the precise location where the artist painted “Tree Roots,” thought to be the last piece he worked on the day he suffered a fatal gunshot wound.

#amsterdam-netherlands, #art, #auvers-sur-oise-france, #france, #van-gogh-museum, #van-gogh-vincent

Hostels Try to Adapt for the Covid-19 Era

Hostels are built on the idea of community and sharing, can they survive in a time of social distancing? As European hostels reopen, they are confronting new challenges.

#amsterdam-netherlands, #arctic-monkeys-music-group, #budget-travel, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #european-union, #generation-z, #hotels-and-travel-lodgings, #millennial-generation, #travel-and-vacations, #travel-warnings

Leading the Van Gogh Museum Through a Future With No Tourists

Emilie Gordenker took over at the Amsterdam institution that attracts most of its visitors from abroad just months before the coronavirus lockdown began.

#amsterdam-netherlands, #art, #coronavirus-reopenings, #gordenker-emilie, #travel-and-vacations, #van-gogh-museum

Amsterdam’s Red Light Zone Stays Shut as Rest of City Edges Open

Many Dutch professions went back to work in May, and most will return by July. But sex workers must wait until September — sending hundreds into poverty and forcing some to risk working in secret.

#amsterdam-netherlands, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #labor-and-jobs, #netherlands, #prostitution, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

Playing by the Rules: Dutch Leader Offers a Sober Contrast in a Brash Era

At a time when populists are overturning social norms, Prime Minister Mark Rutte did not visit his mother in the weeks before her death. It was against his country’s policies.

#amsterdam-netherlands, #dutch-language, #european-union, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #peoples-party-for-freedom-and-democracy-netherlands, #rutte-mark, #united-states-politics-and-government

Locals Tell Us What Top Tourist Spots Feel Like Now

Travel restrictions have turned 11 overtouristed destinations into quiet, almost unrecognizable places, even for those who live there. It’s a bittersweet experience for the people we talked to.

#amsterdam-netherlands, #bali-indonesia, #barcelona-spain, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dubrovnik-croatia, #galapagos-islands, #ha-long-vietnam, #iceland, #paris-france, #prague-czech-republic, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #rome-italy, #shutdowns-institutional, #travel-and-vacations

In the Netherlands, the Dance Festivals Have Gone Dark

The Dutch dominated a global, multibillion-dollar industry employing tens of thousands and spawning millionaire D.J.’s. On Tuesday, it was shuttered.

#amsterdam-netherlands, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dancing, #disc-jockeys, #garrix-martin, #music, #rutte-mark