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|Member of the Council of State|
16 April 1984 – 1 October 1994
|Vice President||Willem Scholten|
|Mayor of Amsterdam|
15 June 1977 – 1 June 1983
|Preceded by||Louis Kuijpers (Ad interim)|
|Succeeded by||Enneüs Heerma (Ad interim)|
|State Secretary for the Interior|
11 May 1973 – 1 May 1977
|Prime Minister||Joop den Uyl|
|Preceded by||Jan van Stuijvenberg|
|Succeeded by||Henk Koning|
(1924-09-14)14 September 1924
|Died||1 October 1999(1999-10-01) (aged 75)
|Cause of death||Cancer|
|Political party||Labour Party (from 1946)|
Johanna van 't Kruijs
( m. 1947;
|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|
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.
|Knight of the Order of the Netherlands Lion||Netherlands||11 April 1978|
|Commander of the Order of Orange-Nassau||Netherlands||1 June 1983|
- "Polak, Willem (1924-1999)" (in Dutch). Huygens ING. 12 November 2013. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
- (in Dutch) W. (Wim) Polak Parlement & Politiek
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