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Johannes Heesters Brings Nazi Nostalgia To Holland

by | 17th, February 2008

heesters1.jpg JOHANNES Heesters is the 104-year-old Dutch cabaret singer who played Nazi Germany.

Now aged 104, Heesters is on stage at De Flint in Amersfoort, Holland.

A look at the billboard shows that Heesters performed for Adolf Hitler and visited the Dachau concentration camp. Tough crowds.

But no tougher than the Dutch. Here’s Piet Schouten, representative of a committee formed to protest against Saturday’s performance:”He kept singing for the Nazi regime, for the Wehrmacht, and he earned millions. We have a problem with that on behalf of all the victims.”

Johannes Heesters began his career in Amsterdam in the 1920s and moved to Germany in 1935, where he enjoyed a successful career.

Ah, zose ver der days.

Back on stage, Heesters gave full throat to “The Merry Widow”, the story of a London woman after the Blitz. It was the German song that made him famous. And he sang “There by the Windmill,” a Dutch classic about a Nazi sympathiser pointing out

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