Liberation for Everyone

Every year ceremonies are held in The Netherlands to commemorate the end of World War II in 1945. On May 4, wreaths are laid at the many war monuments to honour all those who lost their lives, and on May 5, we celebrate the liberation by the Allied Forces from 5 years of German occupation.
Since the war many people from other countries have settled in the Netherlands. How were Dutch immigrants involved in the war and how are they experiencing this today? Every group has its own story. But if we really want to understand each other, we also have to share each other's past.
This website focuses on groups whose contributions to the war are not well-known, in the hope that this will make the ceremonies more meaningful to everyone.
Today these ceremonies are a time to focus on freedom, peace, and respect for others in general (people from different cultures, different religions, different sexual orientation, etc.)
On this website the following groups are represented:
* The Netherlands Antilles (now Aruba, Curaçao, St. Maarten and three Antillean municipalities),
* The Netherlands Indies (now Indonesia), * Morocco, * Suriname,
* Turkey and * The Netherlands (Gays and lesbians in war and resistance).

This website is a work in progress - we regularly add more stories as they come to our attention.
Colofon (2004-2018):
Original financing 2004:
Province of North-Holland
Texts and editing (unless noted otherwise):
Pim Ligtvoet
Webmaster: Marja Eijkhoudt
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Last major updates:
Additions: Castrum Peregrini
Additions: Friars of Huijbergen on Borneo
Corrections: Polak-Arrias-Elte brothers and sisters
New: Sisters of Etten on Borneo
Additions: Salch ben Ski at Schiermonnikoog
Corrections: Frances family
New: The brothers Rijk van Ommeren
Additions: Henry Jacques de la Parra
Additions: Visit House of Orange Suriname
Additions: Visit House of Orange Antilles
Last update: 4 December 2018