The Dutch Resistance-WWII

History of Sorts

I think the 2 monuments above probably are the best indicators of what the Dutch resistance entailed during WWII. On the left is the monument called “de Dokwerker” the Dockworker . This was erected in Amsterdam to remember those who died during the “February strike” in 1941. On the right is a monument to remember the resistance fighters and soldiers  from my hometown of Geleen who fell during WWII and subsequent war in Indonesia, which was a Dutch colony at the time. The monument was built in the suburb of Lindenheuvel because the ones who fell were from that part of town.

The Dutch resistance movement came about because of two simple facts – outrage that their country had been invaded and sheer horror at what happened to the Dutch Jews. Holland had swiftly fallen as a result of the onslaught of Blitzkrieg in 1940. There were many in Nazi…

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