Willem Drees
Historical Figure
Nationality: Netherlands
Date of Birth: 1886
Date of Death: 1988
Cause of Death: Natural causes
Religion: Dutch Reformed Church
Occupation: Author of Fiction, Author of Non-Fiction, secretarial worker, politician
Spouse: Catharina Hent (d. 1974)
Children: Four
Political Party: Social Democratic Workers' Party (1904-1946),
Labour Party of the Netherlands (1946-1971)
Political Office(s): Legislator, Finance Minister,
Deputy Prime Minister of the Netherlands (1945-1948)
Prime Minister of the Netherlands (1948-1958)
Fictional Appearances:
The Hot War
POD: November, 1950
Appearance(s): Fallout
Type of Appearance: Contemporary reference (unnamed)

Willem Drees (5 July 1886 – 14 May 1988) was a Dutch politician of the Labour Party (PvdA). He had a lengthy legislative career which culminated in his terms as Prime Minister of the Netherlands from 7 August 1948 until 22 December 1958.

After 1958, Drees retired from active politics, but remained a very active observer, publishing a substantial number of books and articles until the age of 97. He is praised by many as the most important Dutch politician after World War II for his important contributions and social reforms laws.

Willem Drees in The Hot War[]

Dutch Prime Minister Willem Drees and his Belgian counterpart Joseph Pholien were metaphorically screeching into President Truman's ears from either side, after America failed to prevent the Russians from destroying Antwerp, Belgium, with an atomic bomb in September 1951.[1]

Literary comment[]

While neither Prime Minister is named, they were in office at the Point of Divergence. World War III has progressed swiftly in a compact time frame, so it is likely they were still in office.


  1. Fallout, p. 188, HC.
Political offices
Preceded by
Louis Beel
Prime Minister of the Netherlands
Succeeded by
Louis Beel