Heroes or collaborators? Fresh Investigation into the Velser Affair

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The province of North Holland has agreed to partially fund a new investigation into the Velzer Affair, a murky World War II case involving the betrayal of communist resistance fighters and collaboration with the Nazi occupiers.

So far there have been 12 investigations into the case as well as dozens of books, including the best-selling novel The Scandal by Conny Braam, along with several films, including The Girl with Red Hair. But despite all that, the truth has not yet surfaced.

More than 60 years after the end of the war, the rumours are still swirling and accusations are still flying. People in Velzen are still asking why several communist resistance activists were picked up and handed over to the Nazis and liquidated and why the left-wing resistance fighter Hannie Schaft was shot dead in the Bloemendaal dunes just three weeks before the Netherlands was liberated.

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