Victor Marijnen

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Victor Marijnen
Victor Marijnen 1963.jpg
Prime Minister of the Netherlands
In office
24 July 1963 – 14 April 1965
Monarch Juliana
Deputy Barend Biesheuvel
Preceded by Jan de Quay
Succeeded by Jo Cals
Mayor of The Hague
In office
16 October 1968 – 5 April 1975
Preceded by Hans Kolfschoten
Succeeded by Frans Schols
Member of the House of Representatives
In office
27 April 1965 – 14 January 1966
In office
2 July 1963 – 24 July 1963
Minister of Health and Social Affairs
In office
3 July 1961 – 17 July 1961
Prime Minister Jan de Quay
Preceded by Charles van Rooy
Succeeded by Gerard Veldkamp
Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries
In office
19 May 1959 – 24 July 1963
Prime Minister Jan de Quay
Preceded by Cornelis Staf
Succeeded by Barend Biesheuvel
Personal details
Born Victor Gerard Marie Marijnen
(1917-02-21)21 February 1917
Arnhem, Netherlands
Died 5 April 1975(1975-04-05) (aged 58)
The Hague, Netherlands
Nationality Dutch
Political party Catholic People's Party
Spouse(s) Mini Schreurs
(m. 1944-1975; his death)
Children 4 sons and 2 daughters
Alma mater Radboud University Nijmegen (Master of Laws)
Occupation Politician
Civil servant
Religion Roman Catholicism

Victor Gerard Marie "Vic" Marijnen (21 February 1917 – 5 April 1975) was a Dutch politician of the defunct Catholic People's Party (KVP) now merged into the Christian Democratic Appeal (CDA). He served as Prime Minister of the Netherlands from 24 July 1963 until 14 April 1965.

He previously served as Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries from May 19, 1959 until July 24, 1963 in the Cabinet De Quay. And as acting Minister of Health and Social Affairs from July 3, 1961 until July 17, 1961 following the resignation of Charles van Rooy. He served a short period as a Member of the House of Representatives from July 2, 1963 until July 24, 1963. After the Dutch general election of 1963, Marijnen became Prime Minister of the Netherlands, leading the Cabinet Marijnen.

After his premiership, Marijnen remained in active politics and became again a Member of the House of Representatives from April 27, 1965 until January 14, 1966. He later became Mayor of The Hague serving from October 16, 1968 until his death on April 5, 1975.[1]

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

Victor Gerard Marie Marijnen was born in Arnhem on 21 February 1917. In 1941 he graduated in law from the Radboud University Nijmegen and went on to work in the accountancy divisions of the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality. In 1945 he was seconded to the Council for the Restitution of Legal Rights.

In 1949 Marijnen became secretary of the Agricultural Society and in 1951 Secretary-General of the Foreign Agricultural Trade Department of the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality. From 1957 he was secretary of the General Catholic Employers Association and the Catholic Federation of Employers Associations.

Accusations regarding paedophile priests[edit]

In 1956 Marijnen was chairman of a children's home in Gelderland where children, including Henk Heithuis, were sexually abused by priests. According to the Telegraph newspaper, reporting in March 2012, he "intervened to have prison sentences dropped against several priests convicted of abusing children."[2] The Dutch Catholic Church organised the castration of Heithuis while he lived at the Gelderland children's home in 1956 after he reported being sexually abused to the police.[2]

Politics[edit]

During the Cabinet de Quay, Marijnen was Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries. He served as Prime Minister of the Netherlands from 24 July 1963 until 14 April 1965.

From 1965 to 1966 Marijnen was a member of the House of Representatives and concurrently chairman of the Board of the Rijnmond Authority. In 1967 he was also appointed chairman of the Post and Telecommunications Council. On 16 October 1968 he was selected Mayor of The Hague.

Marijnen died on 5 April 1975 in The Hague, while serving as Mayor from a heart attack at the age of 58.[3][4]

Decorations[edit]

National honours
Ribbon bar Honour Date & Comment
NLD Order of Orange-Nassau - Grand Officer BAR.png Grand Officer of the Order of Orange-Nassau 20 April 1965

References[edit]

  1. ^ (Dutch) MARIJNEN, Victor Gerard Marie (1917-1975) Inghist.nl
  2. ^ a b "Dutch Roman Catholic Church 'castrated at least 10 boys'". Telegraph. Retrieved March 19, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Victor Gerard Maria Marijnen (1917 - 1975)" (in Dutch). Mediatheek.thinkquest.nl. 
  4. ^ "Victor Gerard Marie Marijnen (1917-1975)" (in Dutch). Rkk.nl. 

External links[edit]

Official
Government offices
Preceded by
Cornelis Staf
Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries
1959-1963
Succeeded by
Barend Biesheuvel
Preceded by
Charles van Rooy
Minister of Health and Social Affairs
1961
Succeeded by
Gerard Veldkamp
Preceded by
Jan de Quay
Minister of General Affairs
1963-1965
Succeeded by
Jo Cals
Political offices
Preceded by
Jan de Quay
Prime Minister of the Netherlands
1963-1965
Succeeded by
Jo Cals
Preceded by
Hans Kolfschoten
Mayor of The Hague
1968-1975
Succeeded by
Frans Schols