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Nazi seaside death cell to become Dutch museum

Published on Sep 25, 2012 9:53 PM

THE HAGUE (AFP) - A notorious prison cell used to house Dutch resistance fighters shortly before they were executed by the Nazis is to get a new lease of life, the historical group behind the project said on Tuesday.

Death Cell 601 is part of the extensive prison complex in The Hague's seaside suburb of Scheveningen which now also houses the United Nations (UN) detention unit for prisoners pending their trial before the city's international tribunals.

Today's prisoners include Bosnian Serb war crimes accused Radovan Karadzic and Ratko Mladic, on trial for their roles in the Bosnian war which lasted from 1992 to 1995, and former Ivorian president Laurent Gbagbo.

"The part of the prison which houses cell 601 is to be demolished soon but we want to turn it into a museum in order to preserve it for the future," Mr Henk van de Meulen of the Stichting Oranjehotel told AFP.

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