Netherlands' Winter-Aid Money Box
h 17 cm x ø 10 cm
In 1940, the Reichskommissar (Nazi Governor) of the occupied Netherlands, Seyss-Inquart, set up Winterhulp Nederland (Netherlands' Winter-Aid) modelled on the German example. Through collections and raffles the organization raised money to help provide needy Dutch families with food and clothing. All other charitable organizations were banned.
Winterhulp misleadingly tried to propagate the idea that it was a neutral ‘Dutch’ organization. The collectors wore a red, white and blue armband, the colours of the Dutch flag, and were instructed not to wear the NSB (Dutch Nazi Party) insignia. Most Dutch people were not fooled. They considered giving to Winterhulp a form of collaboration, particularly once prominent NSB members were appointed as honorary members of the national committee. Slurs like ‘Not even a button from my fly for those guys’ were scrawled across the organization’s posters.