|Johan W. Albarda|
Johan W. Albarda (1877-1957) was a social democrat. From 1913 till 1939 he represented the Social Democratic Workers’ Party in the House of Representatives (from 1925 as party chairman) and became Minister of Water Management (De Geer Cabinet II) in 1939. In 1940 he fled to England with the rest of the government.
As an MP, Albarda expressed strong solidarity with the Jewish immigrants and criticised the government’s policy of restraint. He called Goseling’s circular (May 1938) “a reverse of the principle of right of asylum, to which our people attach such great importance.”