Sunday, April 15, 2007

Yesterday, Eindoven (Netherlands) got a big new statue of Frits Philips, former president of the Philips electronics empire, in the town center.

Frits was the fourth chairman of the company, and directed it during WWII. He saved the lives of hundreds of Jews by convincing the Nazis he needed them for manufacturing, and he was given a Yad Vashem award in 1996 in recognition of his efforts on their behalf. (wikipedia)

Frits Philips was also responsible for the Evoluon, the UFO-looking building visited by every school group in the Netherlands, until it became a conference center.

(Picture from Eindhovens Dagblad)

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