Tag Archives: WWII

The Kaiser Wilhelm II and Audrey Hepburn connection: Kaiser Bill in the Netherlands

Social history fascinates me, but my knowledge is extremely patchy and I’m not very good at remembering particulars. Nevertheless, sometimes I am astounded by something I discover and this was one of those occasions. Did you know that Wilhelm II, … Continue reading

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Remembrance and freedom in the Netherlands – Dodenherdenking and Bevrijdingsdag

On 4 and 5 May every year, the Netherlands first remembers the sacrifices made by those who lost their lives, then celebrates the freedom those sacrifices made possible. Dodenherdenking (Remembrance Day) is a low-key affair, focussing on memorial services and … Continue reading

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Flying the flag for freedom and remembrance: 4 and 5 May in the Netherlands

Two sides of the coin: remembrance and celebration The Netherlands is the only country in the world that takes 2 days to hold both a day of remembrance (Dodenherdenking on 4 May) and a day of celebration for freedom and … Continue reading

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Anne Frank – 70 years since she died in Bergen-Belsen

Nobody knows exactly when Anne Frank died in the work camp Bergen-Belsen in 1945. All we know is that it was at the beginning of March. After the war, her father allowed her diary to be published and her legacy … Continue reading

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The Bombing of Nijmegen, 22 February 1944

Have you ever wondered why Nijmegen’s ugliest square is called Plein ’44? And have you ever wondered why it was such an ugly and soulless place, before they started to dig it up to build more shops? The answer is … Continue reading

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