|Birthname||Willem Cornelis Kan|
|born on||15 January 1911 at 01:00 (= 01:00 AM )|
|Place||Scheveningen, Netherlands, 52n06, 4e17|
|Timezone||LST m4e53 (is standard time)|
|Astrology data||23°46' 25°02 Asc. 26°20'|
Dutch actor and cabaret artist.
Wim Kan was born in Scheveningen as the third child of a top civil servant who in 1926 became Minister of Inner Affairs and Agriculture.
He was expelled from secondary schools several times and he did not finish the Amsterdam Theaterschool.
In 1930 he met his 10 years older partner the revue star Corry Vonk in the theatre. They married June 28, 1933.
He debut as an actor on October 1, 1931 in the piece "Mijn zoon Et
He started writing cabaret texts for his wife Corry Vonk. He was very succesfull in it.
On August 15, 1936 they founded their own company the ABC-cabaret. Their ABC -cabaret became a learning school for young talent like Jenny Arean, Maya Bouma, Wieteke van Dort, Frans Halsema, Marnix Kappers en Frits Lambrechts. In 1938 the cabaret was shown on the first experimental Dutch television.
In the end of year 1939 the ABC-cabaret went for a tour to the Dutch East Indies. As Holland was occupied on May 1940 by the Germans the company could not return.
On 10 January 1942 Japan invaded the Dutch East Indies. The Dutch colonialists were sent to concentration camps. Men, children and women were separated. Wim Kan was sent to a camp on the Burma Railway. He was lucky that he was not forced to do the heavy labour of the other many on this ”Death Railway”. But he was always fearing for the faith of his wife.
After the war they could reunite and on 1 March 1946 they returned to the Netherlands.
But his war trauma never disappeared and was reactivated on October 1971 when the Japanese Emperor Hirohito visited the Netherlands. Wim Kan saw the 124th Japanese Emperor as a war criminal and sang the song 'Er leven haast geen mensen meer die het kunnen navertellen' (Almost all people who can retell the story have died) on 31 December 1972 in his 'oudejaarsconferentie'. He was one of them, but the Japanese Emperor Hirohito who could also retell the Birma Railroad and other stories of his Japanese shadow past remained silent about it.
The Dutch word ”oudejaarsconferentie” has no foreign counterpart, but it points to the Dutch tradition of having a radio or television cabaret send out on the last evening of the year. The major events of the year are reflected on and are reviewed like they were part of a tragic comedy.
This Dutch tradition started in 1954. Wim Kan became its first performer and he asked 1000 guilders to do it on the radio. His other major condition was that their should be no censorship. He repeated this tradition for many years even with stage enormous stage fright and became one of the three great Dutch cabaret comics.
Gauquelin Vol 5 No 1366 and No 1279 in Series A Vol 6