Occupied Eindhoven - 75 tangible memories

Still Polygoonjournaal week 1942 week 22. Video: Beeld en Geluid.

Occupied Eindhoven 75 tangible memories

31/08/2019 - 10/05/2020
Objects from WWII illustrate the occupation and liberation of Eindhoven.

This year the city of Eindhoven celebrates 75 years of freedom. The liberation in 1944 will be remembered with an extensive program. Several exhibitions at the Van Abbemuseum are part of this program, amongst others Occupied Eindhoven: 75 tangible memories.

In austere times

75 objects from the Second World War are presented, telling stories about the occupation and liberation of Eindhoven. Many of the objects are taken from private collections of people from Eindhoven, including a Phillips dynamo torch, a teddy bear and a cookery book with the inscription "in austere times".


The exhibition also presents the results of many years of investigations into the soil after bombs fell during the "Sinterklaas" bombings in 1942 and the bombing on 19 September 1944. Besides, the exhibition reflects on the history of the Van Abbemuseum itself and the role which the museum played at the time of the occupation and the liberation.


A special educational programme has been developed in the context of the exhibition in collaboration with Stichting 18 september and Stichting Veteranen Zuid-Oost. The exhibition is developed in collaboration with Gemeente Eindhoven, Erfgoedhuis Eindhoven, Eindhoven in Beeld, Stichting 18 september, Brabant Remembers and Stichting Veteranen Zuid-Oost.

Occupied Eindhoven consists of :


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