The next historic events celebrated in the 2015 Garderen Sand Sculpture exhibition are the short lives of two young girls from in the Second World War.
The first is Anne Frank, and the information board that I have translated from Dutch tells me:
“Anne Frank, born Annelies Marie (Anne) Frank was born in Frankfurt am Main, June 12 1929 and died in Bergen Belsen early March 1945.
Anne Frank was a German born Jew who moved with her family to Amsterdam in 1933. During World War II the family hid in a secret annex in the rear of a house on the Prinsengracht 263 in Amsterdam. She kept a diary about her life in the secret annex that took the form of letters to her imaginary friend Kitty. On 4 august 1944 , after being betrayed by an unidentified informer, their hiding place was discovered and the Frank family were via Westerbork transit camp, deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau and later to Bergen-Belsen, where Anne died of typhus. Her diary was first published in 1950 and is still popular today.”
The second young girl who became an icon of the second world war was:
“Sadako Sasaki, Hiroshima, 7 january 1943 and October 25, 1955.A two year old Sadako survived the initial blast of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima.Unfortunately in the 11th year of life, Sadako was diagnosed with acute malignant lymph gland leukemia caused by radiation exposure. An older fellow patient in hospital told her of the Japanese legend that says, “if you fold 10 000 origami cranes, you can make a wish” and she taught Sadako. The desire of Sasaki was not only her own healing, but also world peace and the end of all suffering.
In 1958, a statue of Sadako holding a golden crane was unveiled in Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. At the foot of the statue is a plaque that reads:
“This is our cry. This is our prayer. Peace in the world.”
These young girls have come to represent the suffering of innocents in wartime…
The next set of photographs in this post are about:
During WWII many houses, factories, buildings and infrastructure were destroyed. With the help of the Marshall plan, Netherlands was rebuilt again. The economy underwent a massive stimulus and under the leadership of former statesman Willem Drees, social legislation took shape. The nations prosperity grew and created optimism and high expectations.”