Local Heart, Global Soul

November 30, 2015

The Sands Of Time Tick Back Some 70 Years…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

The next section of the Garderen Sand Sculpture exhibition deals with historic events, and there are various informational boards in the Dutch language, the first being:

Liberation 70 years. After nearly five years of occupation by the Germans, the American offensive nicknamed “Operation Market Garden” began on 12th September 1944.

The offensive would go on to liberate North-Braband, Limburg and a part of Gelderland, but stalled at Arnhem.

The Dutch that has not yet been liberated were hit hard by the following “hunger winter” which was a particularly hard winter in the most pressing of times. The second offensive began on 8th February 1945 and was called “Operation Veritable” (also known as the Battle of the Reichswald), an attrition eventually won by the Allies. On 5th May 1945 the Germans capitulated and with the war and oppression over, people broke out in mass celebration.”

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

This was followed by: “The Lady of Putten. In retaliation for an ambush  of a car carrying two German officers and two corporals by the organised Putten resistance movement, the Germans captured the population of Putten and set one hundred houses on fire during an action that saw six men and a woman shot dead.

Men and women were separated and almost the entire male population of 601 men were transported to the Neuengamme forced labour concentration camp. By the end of the war only 48 men returned.

On 1st October, 1949 , Queen Juliana unveiled a monument that includes a memorial park and a statue  depicting a grieving woman in traditional dress holding a handkerchief in her hand, that has become known as “The Lady of Putten”. The statue is located so that looks toward the Oude Kerk in Putten, from where the men were deported.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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