George Reuchlin, "I'm not making friends with this"

introduction to the contents of the book entitled "Poison Ground" year 2009

ROTTERDAM - As the fourth direct line from the founder of the Holland America Line, his father would have liked to see elder son George Reuchlin (1938) also hold a top position within the HAL.

But although the HAL is from head to toe, with Mr. George Reuchlin, it turned out to be a completely different, but no less exciting, existence.
"I stayed calm because the last thing to do is show fear, but of course it went through my pants in all colors," says George Reuchlin (71).
Because if, as he intended to do at some point, he would write that book about the illegal trafficking of chemical waste (Book is entitled "Poison Ground"), they would come and measure him a pair of concrete shoes, or disappear without a trace.
Another time, his car was found to have been sabotaged, so that he could no longer brake and steer and came to a stop in a meadow. "It was an exciting time," he says laconically.
Despite the threats, the book, title as mentioned above, about his time as interim director of the notorious waste processing companies EMK in Krimpen aan den IJssel and Uniser Moerdijk, was published.
But he did not enjoy it, it was Reuchlin himself who reported the illegal poison releases by his predecessors to EMK and Uniser to the judiciary.
However, when he later became director of Ahoy *, he was accused by the public prosecutor of having been involved in rogue practices.
* Rotterdam Ahoy is an accommodation for fairs, events, concerts, congresses and meetings.

An accusation that the judiciary has never been able to substantiate, but which destroyed George Reuchlin's social career and brought him to the brink of financial and health problems. "For 21 years, the state attorney has done everything to bring me to my knees," said Reuchlin.
For years he had to live on borrowed money from friends and acquaintances, until after years of litigation he finally managed to compel the state to pay seven hundred thousand euros in damages, incidentally, it even took another 12 years before he actually had that "fee" in his hands or in other words in his bank account, in my opinion this could have been seven million, the State of the Netherlands is a big player in the "cover-up" or accusing innocent citizens of fraud in advance, just watch how the tax authorities deal with people who are allegedly suspected of "surcharge fraud" in 2019/2020. Thousands of citizens have ended up in poverty and have had to sell their house, in short, they are socially ruined!
This fall, his book should be published about the arduous battle that he and others - such as journalist Willem Oltmans and defense employee Fred Spijkers or Geert Theunisse the salvage ship of the Mi Amigo ship - had to fight to get them right in the battle with the Dutch state. "A very controversial subject that I will certainly not make friends with," said Reuchlin.
The title of the book becomes "The Violated Face of the State"(look below this story) and it describes a number of cases in which citizens have been harmed by the State in their attempt to make good the wrongs done to them.
"The state deliberately blocks lies and indecency from citizen's justice," said Reuchlin.
"It is not about me, but what I find more important is that with this book I demonstrate how the state works when threatened and people are sued by the state. That is a conscious strategy and not an accident.'

It will be his sixth book. "While I never got more than a five for an essay at school," said Reuchlin.
De Jonkheer (he is Royal) started writing when he had to give up his job as director of Ahoy.
And although he had deliberately made a other choice than to start a career within the Holland-America Line as the director's son, his origins cannot be denied.
He went to school with Jan Goudriaan, the later director of shipping company Van Nievelt Goudriaan. George Reuchlin wrote a book for him, "The flag ironed" in novel form about the demise of this famous Rotterdam shipping company, which mainly sailed on South America.

Perhaps his father would have liked to have wanted his eldest son to be fourth in line with the shipowner family in the top of the Holland America Line.
Obviously that was no longer the case when he graduated in 1964, the Reuchlins were still a well-known shipowner family in Rotterdam.
But as founders, they had been a symbolic shareholder since the HAL's almost bankruptcy in 1932.
The shares of the Reuchlin family were stamped from 1000 to 1 guilder. "You will have lost a lot of your assets."
George Reuchlin also says he purposely chose a career outside HAL. "As a son of the director, you don't really get a fair chance to profile yourself."
It was only with the death of his father in 1998 that the realization of being a direct line of the founder of the HAL surfaced and he began to collect.
"I have been a dormant volcano for a long time.

As the eldest, George Reuchlin inherited the silver model of HAL's first ship, which had always been on his father's desk.
And the statue of the drowning man, made in memory of his grandfather Johan George Reuchlin (1874-1912) who went down with the Titanic.
Those invited to his home are welcomed by numerous large models and paintings of HAL ships.
In order to allow others to enjoy his collection, he put together a book that was recently presented together with other collectors of maritime objects.
"I have built up a nice collection in recent years, but I have to put an end to it now, it is enough."
He lives just across the border in Germany with his third wife Elke. "Three times is shipping law, I have now dropped anchor."
His desk is littered with papers, building blocks for his book on how the state is doing everything it can to bring you to its knees as a citizen, which George Reuchlin did not do.
Jhr. J.G. (Johan George) Reuchlin (71) is the descendant of nobleman Otto Reuchlin (1842-1924) who together with Antoine Plate (Rotterdam, May 26, 1845 - Rotterdam, December 23, 1927, see photo below) NV Nederlandsch-Amerikaansche Stoomvaart Maatschappij (NASM.) , who later founded the Holland America Line.
The Reuchlins came to the Netherlands from Switzerland around 1800.
Before founding the NASM, Otto Reuchlin was a wine merchant and shipbroker at Stieltjesweg and Wijnhaven.
The Reuchlins are an originally German family, the most famous of which, Johannes Reuchlin (1455-1522), was a famous Catholic humanist and was given the title Pfalzgraf by Emperor Friedrich III.
The Reuchlins later owe their noble title to this in the Netherlands.
George Reuchlin's father Henri (1906-1998) was one of the last directors of the Holland America Line before the shipping company was sold to the American Carnival Corporation.

George Reuchlin himself is named after his grandfather jhr. Johan George Reuchlin (1874-1912) , who, as HAL director, took part in the maiden voyage of the Titanic and was among the 1522 victims who drowned, the body of Johan George Reuchlin was never found or recovered.
Two out of three Dutch people were on board the Titanic Hendrik Bolhuis , who worked as a chef on board the Titanic and Wessel van der Brugge was a stoker aboard the Titanic. Both died and their bodies were never recovered.
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Brief introduction to George Reuchlin's book - "The Violated Face of the State."

The gross injustice that the Dutch State does to its citizens and the detestable role of the lawyer.
The violated face of the State shows that wrongful and sometimes criminal behavior by the State of the Netherlands is by no means incidents, but has become part of a fixed pattern of depriving a citizen unlawfully damaged by the government of his right to reasonable and equitable to obtain compensation.
As a legal mouthpiece for the State, the state advocate plays a highly questionable active role.
The author describes on the basis of his own struggle and several cases that the State structurally tries to frustrate the right to compensation by stretching processes for years and thus litigating the citizen financially.
It has been denounced how the lawyer fills his own pockets with millions of euros in public money every year by intimidating and blocking all kinds of chicanes from the legal bag of tricks.
Reuchlin is looking for explanations as to how it happened that the journalist Willem Oltmans was thwarted in his work by the Foreign Affairs for years; Fred Spijkers the employee of Defense, the life of Fred Spijkers was made hell because he stood up for the truth; the wreck recovery company Geert Theunisse was deprived of his right to salvage wages and how many others, who had been wronged by the government and consciously helped by the same government, in social, physical and psychological destruction.
George Reuchlin (1938) started his career as a company lawyer at a shipping group in Rotterdam.
Still, a commercial position more than a legal staff position attracted him. In 1974, he and others founded one of the first organizations for interim management.
He was involved, among other things, in the remediation of the Rijnmond waste processing company, the Uniser discredited chemical waste processing company and the Verhoeven oil cleaning company.
Reuchlin wrote his key novel "Poison ground" about the waste scene, in which especially criminals get their share of the welfare society.
George Reuchlin has written and published several books, including: Waltzing on the Waves, is about the orchestras and their music on board the passenger ships of the Holland America line. Below some pictures of his books:
Sources: boekhandel, de Slegte,, Uitgeverij Gopher, Antiqbook and many others of which I have not been able to find out the name.

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