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Het Pauperparadijs

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The Pauperparadijs tells one of the most dramatic, hidden histories in the Netherlands. After the wars of Napoleon, General Johannes van den Bosch wanted to solve immense poverty in 1818 with a large-scale re-education experiment. With the support of King Willem I, the paupers and orphans from all over the country were moved to the institutions in Veenhuizen, Drenthe. What started as an inspired plan to raise the underclass soon turned into a nightmare. Most people were stuck in his Society of Benevolence for years and hardly got away. Around 100,000 people have undergone this fate; more than 1 million Dutch people are descendants of these paupers.
(c) Gerard Tonen
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