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Two Dutch POWs join Nagasaki bomb victim list

HIROSHIMA (Kyodo) The names and photos of two Dutch prisoners of war who died as a result of the Nagasaki atomic bombing on Aug. 9, 1945, were submitted Thursday for registration on a list of A-bomb victims at a peace memorial hall.

The registration application for Christiaan Aalders and Johannes Beer, whose photos were sent to Japanese historian Shigeaki Mori by their relatives, was submitted in Hiroshima and will eventually be transferred to Nagasaki.

Mori determined that seven Dutch soldiers, including Aalders and Beer, died in the atomic bombing in Nagasaki.

Mori said he asked relatives of Aalders and Beer in the Netherlands to give him the photographs this year on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombings.

Aalders was a 30-year-old lieutenant when he died of a fractured skull on Aug. 14, 1945, and Beer was a 22-year-old soldier whose rank was unknown when he died from burns on Aug. 17, Mori said.

Aalders' photograph was sent by his 86-year-old widow, Vooren, and Beer's photograph was sent by his brother, Transciscus.

The Japan Times: Aug. 5, 2005
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