Piet Jongeling

Pieter "Piet" Jongeling (31 March 1909 in Broeksterwâld - 26 August 1985 in Amersfoort), also known by the pen name Piet Prins, was a Dutch politician and author of children's books. He was a member of the Reformed Political League (GPV) and of the House of Representatives of the Netherlands.

Journalism

Jongeling worked as a journalist for the anti-revolutionary newspaper Nieuwe Provinciale Groninger Courant. In 1941, during the German occupation, the publication was banned, and in 1942, Jongeling was sent to the Amersfoort concentration camp, later being transferred to Sachsenhausen. After the war, Jongeling became editor of Nieuwe Provinciale Groninger Courant, but later left to become editor of De Vrije Kerk.

Politics

Jongeling was a member of the Anti-Revolutionary Party, but left when the Reformed Political League (GPV) split off from the ARP. The GPV was associated with the Reformed Churches in the Netherlands (Liberated), which had formed in 1944. Jongeling was elected to the House of Representatives in 1963, and served until 1977 as leader of the GPV.

Jongeling was a supporter of the Dutch monarchy and opposed the legalisation of abortion.

Children's books

Jongeling wrote a number of children's books under the pen name "Piet Prins". Most famous among there are the Scout series (Snuf in the original Dutch). Other series include The Four Friends and Wambu.

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