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Was Anne Frank's story common?

No, Anne Frank's story is completely exceptional - both in circumstances and the fact that she hid for so long (and her father survived). This is a typical case of Survivorship bias. Most Holocaust ...
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Did Benjamin Franklin say "Holland is not a nation but a shop"? Why?

From The Complete Works of Benjamin Franklin (published 1888), clipped from a letter to Charles Dumas, dated 6 Aug, 1781: Some writer, I forget who, says that Holland is no longer a nation but a ...
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What would have been the price of a loaf of bread in 1645 Amsterdam?

According to this database (specifically the spreadsheet file, column D) a 100kg of rye bread cost 8.22 guilder in the western Netherlands in 1645, which should at least give you a rough idea to ...
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In Dutch history two people are referred to as "William III"; are there any more cases where this happens?

Your example seems incorrect. William of Orange was William III of England, whereas the other was William III of the Netherlands. William of Orange was also William III in the Netherlands, but as ...
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Was Anne Frank's story common?

For survivors who went undercover the whole time, her story is not all that untypical. The German term for such people was "illegals" or "U-Boote". They needed helpers, they needed hiding places, they ...
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What would have been the price of a loaf of bread in 1645 Amsterdam?

I don't think you're going to find anything close to the precision you are asking for here. And as DevSolar has commented I think you are way off the mark by specifying prices in gold. I do have one ...
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Was Anne Frank's story common?

There is of course no such thing as a typical holocaust story. There are six million stories and each one is different. The Anne Frank story is special because it was warm and personal enough to have ...
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In Dutch history two people are referred to as "William III"; are there any more cases where this happens?

You might want to consider Denmark and the House of Estridsen: Valdemar III the Young (co-ruled 1215 - 31) Valdemar III Eriksøn von Schleswig (ruled 1326 - 29) 1. Valdemar the Young or III was co-...
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Did any part of the Netherlands ever use this flag?

According to Wikipedia, this is the naval flag of the Netherlands' Secretary of Defense. This flag would be flown on a ship that the Dutch Secretary of Defense is using as a headquarters (also ...
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In Dutch history two people are referred to as "William III"; are there any more cases where this happens?

SHORT ANSWER In your case there was a man William who was William III, Prince of Orange, Stadtholder of the Netherlands, and King William III of England (1650-1702) and there was another man known as ...
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What is the flag in this 17th century painting?

I would say it is the flag of Deventer. It's a city towards the east of the Netherlands, that prospered by trading with the various cities around the North and Baltic Sea coast as well as Scandinavia. ...
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What was the reason for the Dutch attack on Venezuela in 1908?

The reason was colonialism and trade rights. For this same reason, the Dutch had already sent a ship in 1902, along Britain, Germany and Italy. In 1908, a second Venezuelan crisis occurred. ...
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Did the Dutch carry out trials for collaboration with the Japanese in the Dutch East Indies?

Yes, but this was a lot more complicated than in the Netherlands. During the war, the Dutch colonial government-in-exile in Australia founded the Temporal court-martials, who were tasked with ...
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What exactly happened with beer and Leeuwarden in 1487?

While the veracity of this site on the history of crime may be doubtful, it appears to be the only easily located English-language source The ban was put in place to protect sales of local suds in ...
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What exactly happened with beer and Leeuwarden in 1487?

I came across this question today, and saw that JMVanPelt in his answer mentioned a Dutch book for which no English translation was available. I have translated the relevant parts of it below. I have ...
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What is the flag in this 17th century painting?

I don't think it's an eagle. It looks more like a Gryphon. In that case, it could be from a number of Baltic states or areas, especially Pomerania. But I'm pretty sure it's actually a lion, or more ...
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What exactly happened with beer and Leeuwarden in 1487?

Some more info to complement what @PieterGeerkens has found: there's a very scholarly work on the subject on Google Books, Het Bier-oproer te Leeuwarden, in het jaar 1487, in zijne oorzaken en ...
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Spanish Influence on the Netherlands and Belgium?

Spanish influence didn't take root, at least in the modern Netherlands, because it was "unnatural." Belgium and the Netherlands represented the inheritance of Marie of Burgundy, who married ...
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How was the administration of the liberated part of The Netherlands organised between 12 September 1944 and 5 May 1945?

The administration was carried out by the Militair Gezag, literally the Military Authority. This authority was initially based in Brussels (Belgium), later in Breda and finally in The Hague. They ...
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In Dutch history two people are referred to as "William III"; are there any more cases where this happens?

There were two Henry VII rulers as kings of Germany, the first of whom co-ruled with and pre-deceased his father. He is often referred to as Henry (VII) to distinguish him from the later Henry VII, ...
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Was there a coup in the Netherlands in 1672?

Let's see. The minister of defense Cornelis de Witt was suddenly indicted for treason, and interogated under torture. The raadspensionaris (prime minister) was his brother Johan de Witt. He was also ...
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What is the flag in this 17th century painting?

That looks a bit like the flag of Prussia. At the time, Prussia was a duchy vassal of Poland, and had been given as a standard an Eagle. There were a lot of Baltic port cities in Prussia, most notably ...
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What was the reason for the Dutch attack on Venezuela in 1908?

Just to add a little to explain the points in your question: what the "unfriendly acts" were: In March it seems he seized a Dutch vessel carrying official correspondence from the Governor of ...
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What is the difference between "seigneurie" and "manor"?

A manor was a basic feudal unit of land, granted by the king to an underling and to his successors in perpetuity. Once it was granted by the king, it did not need to be re-granted every time it ...
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What is this stick that William III of England/Orange is holding in this portrait?

It is the baton of the Constable of France, or rather an imitation of it. The explanation of this particular baton is that William of Orange was originally the disciple and member of the court of Holy ...
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Can you tell me the name and location of post war camp in the Netherlands

This doesn't seem to be one of the larger camps, listed in Prison camps in the Netherlands. Although especially Kamp Erica near Ommen might give you quite a glimpse of the conditions in general after ...
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What is the flag in this 17th century painting?

I found a site which might lead to the answer. Sadly I couldn't find the territory named Keizer (Emperor? Maybe is it a royal ensign for the Emperor himself?), the sixth from left, third from top: ...
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Did the Netherlands join the anti-Japanese oil embargo later than US? If so why?

According to this article, the U.S. was the key player. Bringing in the Netherlands was almost an afterthought. Japan obtained 80 percent of its oil at the time from the U.S., then (by far), the world'...
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Exactly how much of what did General Benjamin Butler seize from the Netherlands Consulate in New Orleans on May 10th, 1862?

The book Private and Official Correspondence of Gen. Benjamin F. Butler contains a copy of documents concerning the return, on sept 23 1862, of the material confiscated from the consul Amadie Conturie....
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What is this stick that William III of England/Orange is holding in this portrait?

This is most likely a Baton, which is a symbol for a field marshal or high ranking military officer. He was involved in the Invasion of England in 1688 and War in Europe later on, so is probably a ...
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