Edwin Heerema har bestilt ett av verdens største skip. Det skal legge oljeledninger og demontere oljerigger og vil sikkert få oppdrag i Nordsjøen. Men fra å være en stolthet er skipet blitt en kilde til forlegenhet. Edwin ønsker nemlig å oppkalle det etter sin far: Pieter Schelte Heerema. Han var kjent som en dyktig sjøingeniør, men han var også noe annet: han var medlem av Waffen SS. Familien og selskapet forsvarer seg med at han røk uklar med nazistene i august 1943. Men det finnes en del kompromitterende materiale, bla. en tale han holdt.

Heerema’s file at the NIOD contains a report of a speech he gave in 1941 in which he was quoted as saying «The German race is model. The Jewish race, by comparison, is parasitic … therefore the Jewish question must be resolved in every Aryan country.»
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The choice of name has provoked outcry from politicians and Jewish groups, and revived painful questions about Dutch collaboration with the country’s World War II occupiers.

«For people who know his pitch-black history, this ship should not be named for him. Not now, not ever,» said Ronny Naftaniel, director of CIDI, which monitors anti-Semitism in the Netherlands. He said Edwin Heerema’s desire to honor his father was understandable up to a point, but the choice of name was «tasteless and unethical.»

Edwin Heerema’s company, Swiss-based Allseas Group SA, rejected criticism.

Some 70 percent of the Netherlands’ 140,000 Jews perished in the Holocaust.

Dutch outcry over naming giant ship after Nazi