Dutch colonization project during World War Two (The)


This article discusses the Dutch contribution to the German exploitation and colonization of occupied Eastern Europe (1939-1944). Contrary to other “Germanic” countries, the Netherlands offered much support to the Nazis’ Germanization program. Shared political beliefs only offer a partial explanation: by participating, the Dutch also saw a chance to solve national issues; the occupied East offered land to Dutch farmers who had no future in their densely populated homeland and substituted the loss of the Dutch East Indies and thereby restored the nation’s colonial grandeur.

The East calls. The Netherlands East Company led by Meinoud Rost van Tonningen endeavored to incite people – especially farmers - to emigrate to - and thereby colonize and aryanize – Eatern Europe.