Event Details

On Tuesday, October 9th, 2018, TNC will host ‘America Loves Europe‘. A special event to commemorate 70 years of Marshall Help. Willem Post, a Dutch expert on U.S. Presidency and Foreign Policy, will give a talk about this $14 billion aid programme, and its considerable and far-reaching economic, cultural and social Mondial consequences.

On April 26, 1948, the first Marshall aid goods from America arrived in the port of Rotterdam, on board of the MS Noordam of the Holland-America Line. According to former Prime Minister Willem Drees, the American aid was of the greatest importance for Dutch society, which stood “at the edge of the abyss”. In 1948 Drees said: “Never before in history was such a completely new experiment in International relations such a great success.” Ernst van der Beugel, the Dutch Marshall Plan diplomat-official, wrote: “There is no example of a superpower in history that not only supported the recovery of its allies, but also helped to create a new power center in the world.” Sixteen countries, including West Germany, received the then enormous amount of 14 billion dollars. A stable, democratic Europe was in the interest of the United States in those Cold War years. Willem Post will reflect on the consequences of the Marshall Help, and also point at the current international politics and plead that the United States and Europe must strengthen their historical strong ties even more.

Willem Post and Ton Wienbelt published a special Marshall Help Magazine. Foreword by Prime-Minister Mark Rutte, interviews with Mayor Aboutaleb of Rotterdam, U.S. Ambassador to The Netherlands Pete Hoekstra, Dutch Ambassador to the United States Henne Schuwer, Dutch Consul-General Dolph Hogewoning, and many others. Also articles on ‘Holland on the Hill, the Halve Maen and The Netherland Club of New York.

This full-color Marshall Plan Magazine (in Dutch and English), about 70 years of Marshall help, will be available for sale at the event for $10.

Willem Post (L) and Ton Wienbelt (R) with the special Marshall edition of “Holland-America Magazine”.

Willem Post is the senior visiting fellow on the U.S. Presidency and Foreign Policy at the Clingendael Institute in The Hague. Commentator for Dutch television, radio, and newspapers like NRC Handelsblad and De Morgen (Belgium) writer of 12 books on U.S. politics and American society.
Photos by Ton Wienbelt, designer-photographer of books like The Enchantment of New York (together with Willem Post)


TNC Members: FREE    |    Non members: $15
The full-color Marshall Plan Magazine (in Dutch and English), will be available for sale at the event for $10.

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