The museum offers around five temporary exhibitions each year on various historical and contemporary themes. What did you miss?
Until April 21, 2013°¬
Barbed wire tells the story of former Dutch conscripts who were called up in 1943 to return to German military captivity. The exhibition focuses on the often forgotten story of the former conscripts who responded to the German call-up. They were given a far from warm welcome when they returned to the Netherlands after the war. After all, they had reported in and worked for the enemy. And thanks to this reception from their fellow Dutchmen, former prisoners of war have rarely if ever spoken about their experiences.
Nazi-Germany invaded the Netherlands on 10 May 1940. Five days later, the Dutch surrendered. The Dutch conscripts who had been made prisoners of war were allowed home in June. But in the spring of 1943, the Nazi authorities announced that former Dutch conscripts were to be put back in detention. The former soldiers were left with the difficult choice of either responding to the call-up and going to Germany or going into hiding. Of the roughly 240,000 former soldiers who were called up, about 11,000 eventually ended up back as prisoners of war.
Once back in the Netherlands, the returning prisoners of war met with a complete lack of sympathy for their plight and experiences. ‘You reported voluntarily, didn’t you? And you worked for an enemy that occupied your own country for years! You are traitors, collaborators!’ This was hard to digest and many of the former prisoners of war have remained silent since that time. Two of them, Bob Entrop sr. and Joop Mulder, wrote about their experiences and those of their fellow prisoners during their time in detention. They also produced a number of drawings and watercolours. In 1946, their efforts were published in the book ‘Barbed Wire’ (Prikkeldraad). Bob Entrop’s son, who is also called Bob Entrop, made a documentary on the subject, Prikkeldraad in 2010 that included interviews with six of the former prisoners of war. You can see segments of this documentary as part of the exhibition, but these do not yet have English subtitles. The exhibition Prikkeldraad is a production of Muzee Scheveningen, based on the same material. A small English handout is available.
Wally van Hall 1906 - 1945. Banker to the Resistance
until October 9, 2011
65 years after the Liberation Walraven (Wally) van Hall has been given a monument: a bronze tree lies like a fallen giant opposite the Nederlandsche Bank in Amsterdam. In 1945 the young banker was acclaimed as a bridge builder and a leading figure in the Resistance. But the story of Wally van Hall was gradually forgotten. Wally van Hall – code name Van Tuyl – was a co-founder of the bank of the Resistance, the Nationaal Steunfonds (National Assistance Fund) or NSF. Through illegal loans and a fraud involving millions at the central bank, the Nederlandsche Bank, the NSF was able to distribute over 83 million guilders to victims of the Occupation and countless Resistance groups. This kind of organisation was unique in Europe in the Second World War. Wally was the undisputed leader of the NSF in the west of the Netherlands. read more
Love in wartime
Until May 22, 2011
In times of conflict and upheaval love takes on a greater intensity. The Second World War influenced the love lives of a whole generation. You got butterflies in your stomach down in the air raid shelters, in the resistance, in the trenches and even in the concentration camps. The exhibition Love in Wartime portrays for us this neglected human aspect of the war. Read more
Protest. Campaign posters from 1965
“A woman’s right to choose”, “Say no to nuclear weapons”, “No home, no throne”. In the exhibition Protest! Campaign posters from 1965, the resistance museum paints a picture of these and other prominent societal issues over the past 40 years. Who was protesting and how? And what were the protests about? Read more.
Photo exhibition 'Weerstanders'. Resistance in Belgium
Authentic portraits of Belgian resistance workers, combined with new pictures of these extraordinary people, made by the French photographer Jean-Marc Gourdon. Read more.
New acquisition: Stamp collection of the PBC
The Resistance Museum received the entire collection of PBC, the largest forgery group of the war period, the Persoonsbewijzencentrale (identity card centre - PBC) from Gerrit Jan Wolffensperger, the son of Gerrit Jan van der Veen. The stamps are on show, together with images on the wall showing the demolished municipal register after the attack by members of the Dutch Resistance. The wall of the former register, now Studio Plantage across the street, incorporates a commemorative plaque with the names of the 12 men who were executed by firing squad as a result of the attack. Read more.
Eva's story: a survivor's tale by the stepsister of Anne Frank
Collection of 30 paintings, made while in hiding by the father and brother of Eva Schloss-Geiringer. Both died during the war. Eva presented the collection to the museum and told their family story. Read more.