Posthuma, Folkert Evert (1874-1943)

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Folkert Evert Posthuma, born 20 May 1874, at Leeuwarden, a Dutch Mennonite, who studied agriculture at the National Agricultural College at Wageningen and the University of Halle, Germany, and then was engaged in agricultural and dairy indus­tries and director of the farmers' national co-opera­tive bank. In 1914 he was made Dutch minister of Agriculture and Trade and organized the distribu­tion of food in the Netherlands during World War I. By his executive ability he managed to keep the Dutch population adequately fed. He remained a state cabinet minister until 1918. During this period he lived at The Hague, and was a trustee of The Hague Mennonite congregation. During World War II Posthuma sympathized with the National-Socialist principles and co-operated with the Ger­man occupation authorities. Consequently he lost the sympathy of both the Mennonite brotherhood and the Dutch nation. On 3 June 1943 he was shot and killed by Dutch partisans.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1959

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van der Zijpp, Nanne. "Posthuma, Folkert Evert (1874-1943)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1959. Web. 18 Sep 2018.,_Folkert_Evert_(1874-1943)&oldid=84138.

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van der Zijpp, Nanne. (1959). Posthuma, Folkert Evert (1874-1943). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 18 September 2018, from,_Folkert_Evert_(1874-1943)&oldid=84138.


Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 206. All rights reserved.

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