Evert Vermeer

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Born20 November 1910
Nijmegen, Netherlands
Died20 May 1960 (Age 49)
Naarden, Netherlands
Cause of death
Victim ofpremature death
Dutch journalist turned politician who attended the 1958 Bilderberg. Fell ill in 1959 and died in 1960

Evert Aart Vermeer


Before the Second World War, Vermeer worked as a journalist. From 1930 to 1934 he was correspondent for Het Volksblad voor Gelderland. In 1934 he joined the Social Democratic Workers' Party (SDAP). He held a position at the Office of Action and Propaganda that was committed to the fight against communism and fascism.


During the Invasion of the Germans in the Netherlands, Vermeer fought as a soldier at the Grebbelinie. After the Netherlands capitulated, Vermeer was part of the illegal resistance against the German occupation. He wrote brochures under the alias E. Fuut. Together with Guus Trestorff and Wim Rengelink, he also wrote the resistance magazine Vrije Gedachten,[1] which aimed to contribute to the party formation and return of the SDAP.


After the war, Vermeer became a member of the House of Representatives for the newly formed PvdA at the age of 36 and also ended up on the party board. From 2 September 1948 until the end of his life, he was also a member of the municipal council of his hometown of Naarden. From November 1945 to 2 September he was a member of the temporary municipal council.

For the last twelve years of his life he was treasurer of the PvdA group in the House of Representatives. From 23 February 1955 Vermeer was party chairman of the PvdA.


In 1959 he rested from March to August 1st due to stomach problems. In April 1960 these problems re-emerged and he was admitted to the Diakonessen hospital in Naarden for surgery. He died there more than a month later at the age of 49.


After his death, the Evert Vermeer Foundation (EVS) named after him was founded in 1967. The EVS focused on international solidarity and development cooperation. In June 2013, the EVS merged with the Alfred Mozer Foundation to form the Foundation Max van der Stoel.


Event Participated in

Bilderberg/195813 September 195815 September 1958Buxton
The 7th Bilderberg and the first one in the UK. 72 guests