November 29, 2023

Meet the Dutch man who was jailed in North Korea

Willem van dervan der Bijl, a stamp collector, spent time inside a North Korean prison cell

Originally posted July 31, 2012

UTRECHT – In this little Dutch city lies a very ordinary-looking shop, but one that is brimming with hardback books that hold thousands of stamps. Many would be surprised in knowing that the owner of such shop, Mr. van der Bijl not only once opened his own business office in North Korea, but was also arrested there, last year.