Dutchmen listened to the cold Nazi voice on the morning broadcast from Hilversum: "In view of the fact that. . . ."
Saboteurs had recently wrecked a train, killing Nazi troops: Nazi officials had carefully selected 1,600 prominent Dutchmen as hostages. Their time was up. Continued the voice:
"Despite the very grave warning by the Commander of the Wehrmacht, Air General Christiansen, the perpetrators of the high-explosive attempt near Rotterdam have been too cowardly to give themselves up. The following five hostages have been shot this morning. . . ."
The five: William...