69 years from the Liberation of Netherlands
May 5, 2014
King William-Alexander and Queen Maxima laid wreaths at the war memorial in Central Amsterdam on Sunday evening ( The 4th May 2014 ) as the Netherlands remembered the dead of World War II.There were 1500 memorial ceremonies in The Netherlands – on Sunday and why not? Hitler had decided to deport all the people of Netherlands to East, not Jewish families to Death camps only, but to resettle Dutch people somewhere in the East. It was hanging by a hair thread also the fate of Sweden and Finland on those days – The time factor was on our side then. We know what t happened in Norway and Denmark.
The 5 May 1945 German signed the capitulation documents in Wageningen. The South of the country had been liberated months earlier.
The Nazi Army initiated its Blixtkrieg invasion of Netherlands on the 10th May 1940 early in the mornign 05.30 o’clock simultaneously with a frontier of 400 km against Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg. It completed the invasion in fice days and Netherlands capitulated 15.5. 1940. , On Zeeland the 18.5. 1940.
To day 5th May 2014 there were 14 Liberation Day Festivals: In Zwolle, Leeuwarden, Groningen, Assen, Almere, Utrecht, Rotterdam, Den Haag, Amsterdam, Haarlem, Waageningen, The Hague, Roermond, Vlissingen. Focus this year is on Drenthe (province).