Remains of warships of British Royal Navy, Royal Netherlands Navy, and US Navy sunk by the Japanese during the Battle of the Java Sea in 1942, have been destroyed and almost vanished as a whole by illegal scrap metal scavengers. The fact is very serious if we...read more
A Bridge Too Far is the 1977 World War II film based on the 1974 bestselling book by Cornelius Ryan and was directed by Sir Richard Attenborough. Featuring an all-star cast, the film follows the events surrounding Operation...read more
"The Exception" is a 2016 British-American romantic drama film directed by David Leveaux, starring Jai Courtney, Christopher Plummer, Lily James, and Eddie Marsan. The film is based on Alan Judd’s novel "The Kaiser’s Last Kiss".
The plot is as follow. Holland 1940. The...read more
Today marks the 72nd Anniversary of Operation Market Garden,mostly associated with the book of Cornelius Ryan’A Bridge too Far’ which was made into a star studded block buster movie in 1977 with the same title.It is a lengthy blog but it is an important story to be re-told because the effects...read more
WWII saw so much evil but also so much bravery. People with disregard of their own lives would defy the Nazi authorities to save lives of others, often complete strangers whom they’d never met before prior to saving them. These people are not always recognized enough for what they have done....read more
Although a lot of Catholic clergy men, and other Christian ministers, turned a blind eye to the atrocities committed by the Nazi regime, there were still a great number of them who couldn’t remain silent and paid the ultimate price for this.
Titus Brandsma was one of those brave men who...read more
In a radical way this intervention sheds new light on the Dutch policy on cultural heritage. At the same, it makes people look at their surroundings in a new way. The project lays bare two secrets of the New Dutch Waterline (NDW), a military line of defence in use from...read more
Most people will know Anne Frank’s diary , but of course Anne wasn’t the only person who kept a diary during those dark, uncertain days. Below are some excerpts from random diaries of citizens and also soldiers from both sides of the divide.
Starting off with a bit of Anne Frank’s Diary...read more