The name 'Fred'
Fred Matser is founder and chairman of Fred Foundation. Fred was born in the spring of 1945 just before the end of the second world war. Fred’s parents planned to name him Paul, but as that was the name of a Dutchman who had been a collaborator in the war, they didn’t feel it to be appropriate. Instead they agreed to name him ‘Fred’. Though it would have been more typical in Holland to have been named ‘Frederik’, for some reason they just liked this name. Decades later Fred found out that his name means ‘peace’ in Scandinavian languages; a wonderful reason for naming the foundation ‘Fred Foundation’.