CARNATION DAY AND THE FIRST ANTI-JEWISH ORDINANCE IN THE HAGUE
On June 29th 1940 (Prince Bernhard’s birthday) the citizens of Den Haag spontaneously showed their distaste of the occupiers by wearing carnations. This day was henceforth known as ‘carnation day’, because the Prince always wore a carnation in his lapel. The Germans used this Carnation Day to issue their first anti Jewish measure: Jews were removed from the municipal air defense service. This was the first of many measures designed to registrate and isolate the Dutch Jews.