Dutch Accuse Ex-Premier Of Traitor's Act
Dutch Accuse Ex-Premier Of Traitor's Act Exiled Regime Blasts DeGeer For Aiding Hitler LONDON, • April 21 <£>>—The Netherlands government-in-exile in a broadcast Tuesday night to the nazi-occupied homeland as : sailed Derek Jan de Geer, Dutch premier at the time of the German Invasion, as a "traitor" and a "tool for his peoples' enemy." The broadcast said De Geer, who returned to the Netherlands from London late in 1940 to join his ailing wife, had written a pamphlet which the nazis were permitting to circulate and which "is a crafty plea for a compromise peace." De Geer also was accused of twice breaking his word: First, when he went back to the Netherlands via Lisbon and Berlin at a , d v , a Lisbon ana Benin at a. ^ ted . a mia . | _ „„,,„,„„,„«!• tn as a "forgotten citizen." "With this pamphlet," said the broadcast, as quoted by the Aneta , — , . i-just news agency, "the writer has be- trayed the Netherlands people, whatever happens to him person- alty." (Information reaching responsible Netherlands sources in New York indicates that the Germans are playing the pious, elderly, De Geer against Anton Mussert, the Dutch nazi leader.' Mussert, long a foe of De Geer, is understood to have retaliated by formally charging De Geer with mistreating | Dutch nazis during the invasion' of Holland, "provoking Japan," neglecting the Dutch Indies and with leaving the Netherlands while military operations were proceed- ing in May of 1940 " * -'"• u " Mussert also has attacked De Geer for writing the very pamphlet to which the London government has taken exception. He recently wrote that De Geer "has to do with the future, by! which is a matter for young Neth- -'--••"• •"> erlancls.