Categories: Politicians | Centenarians | Prisoners of War, Netherlands, World War II | Order of the Netherlands Lion | Commanders of the Order of Orange-Nassau | Nederlanders uit Zuid-Holland na 1811.
After his marriage in Rotterdam he became a local politician in Batavia, Dutch East Indies. During World War II, he was held prisoner by Japan from 1942 to 1945. He returned to the Netherlands in 1946.
He was Minister of Colonial Affairs from February 1957 to May 1959.
From August 2012 until his death in January 2013, he was the oldest man in the Netherlands at 107.
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