Johannes van der Pol November 26, 1943 – March 22, 2020
After living a rich and fulfilled life, we are very sad to report the passing of long time member Johannes van der Pol. Johannes helped lead the effort in supporting the Dutch West India Company Foundation, which was founded in New York in 1976 to support the restoration of the West India House in Amsterdam and the eventual restoration of St. Mark’s Church in New York. On a more personal note, it was Johannes who took me under his wing when I was caught in the middle of 9/11. Johannes’ formidable shoulder was there to lean on, and he never let go… For decades, as a member of the Board of the Anne Frank Center USA, he was instrumental in supporting a scholarship honoring his father Johannes Wilhelmus van der Pol, who, with his wife Annie, hid over 40 Jews and ensured their survival during WWII. Mr. van der Pol was distributing food stamps to those in hiding when he was killed near the end of World War II. His actions started a resistant movement, which due to its early start, led to saving over 750 Jews of Amersfoort.
The funeral will take place in a private ceremony in the Netherlands. A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held later this year in both the Netherlands and New York City.