Wim Polak

Wim Polak
Burgemeester Polak, Bestanddeelnr 932-3584.jpg
Wim Polak in 1982
Member of the Council of State
In office
16 April 1984 – 1 October 1994
Vice President Willem Scholten
Mayor of Amsterdam
In office
15 June 1977 – 1 June 1983
Preceded by Louis Kuijpers (Ad interim)
Succeeded by Enneüs Heerma (Ad interim)
State Secretary for the Interior
In office
11 May 1973 – 1 May 1977
Prime Minister Joop den Uyl
Preceded by Jan van Stuijvenberg
Succeeded by Henk Koning
Personal details
Willem Polak

(1924-09-14)14 September 1924
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Died 1 October 1999(1999-10-01) (aged 75)
Ilpendam, Netherlands
Cause of death Cancer
Nationality Dutch
Political party Labour Party (from 1946)
Other political
Social Democratic
Workers' Party

Johanna van 't Kruijs
( m.  1947; his death  1999)
Children 1 son and 1 daughter
Alma mater University of Amsterdam
(Bachelor of Economics)
Occupation Politician · Civil servant · Economist · Journalist · Editor · Author · Corporate director · Nonprofit director

Willem "Wim" Polak (14 September 1924 – 1 October 1999) was a Dutch politician of the Labour Party (PvdA) and economist.[1]

Polak was born to a Jewish merchant family in Amsterdam on 14 September 1924. His parents were murdered by the Nazis during the German Occupation of the Netherlands. After the Second World War, he worked as a journalist for Het Vrije Volk. Polak was appointed Secretary of State for local finances in Joop den Uyl's government. He worked towards improving the financial position of the larger Dutch cities. Subsequently, he became mayor of Amsterdam for a six-year period, where his challenges included numerous squatting cases as well as riots related to Queen Beatrix's coronation.

He died in 1999 at his home in Ilpendam.


Ribbon bar Honour Country Date Comment
NLD Order of the Dutch Lion - Knight BAR.png Knight of the Order of the Netherlands Lion Netherlands 11 April 1978
NLD Order of Orange-Nassau - Commander BAR.png Commander of the Order of Orange-Nassau Netherlands 1 June 1983


  1. ^ "Polak, Willem (1924-1999)" (in Dutch). Huygens ING. 12 November 2013. Retrieved 4 April 2019.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Jan van Stuijvenberg
State Secretary for the Interior
Succeeded by
Henk Koning
Preceded by
Louis Kuijpers
Ad interim
Mayor of Amsterdam
Succeeded by
Enneüs Heerma
Ad interim