For one time only, a hundred of the most exceptional objects from 25 war and resistance museums in the Netherlands are to be brought together and exhibited at the Kunsthal Rotterdam. ‘The Second World War in 100 Objects' is an exhibition that takes visitors back to the days of the Second World War giving it relevance for young and old alike. The numerous events behind each of these objects evoke personal memories, emotions, abhorrence and sentiments stemming from the war years between 1940 and 1945. I can't show you all the objects but made a choice of a few.
This is what left of a sewing machine after the bombing of the city of Rotterdam by the Germans. This attack led to the capitulation of the Netherlands as they threatened to bomb all the big cities in our country.
As there was no electricity people had to be inventive by using a bike to generate a mimeographe machine to print pamphlets power.
A roll of cloth with the Star of David printed with the word "Jew" on it that the Jewish people had to wear clearly visible on their coat.
The marble box Anne Frank had given to her neighbour friend and recently was discovered only after 70 years in custody.
A little bear that a girl had picked up from the street in the Dutch Indies left by the owner who was transported to the internation camps and appeared to be filled with coins. She discovered this after years when she left the teddy bear valued on a fair and someone noticed it was so heavy for such a small teddy.
The only transport the dutch had was their bike but there were no rubber bicycle tires anymore. Someone had invented this construction of wood to have some suspension. How clever is that!
When the allies came to liberate our country they dropped not only soldiers by parachutes, but also many objects they needed to have some transport, for instance this cute little moterbike.
It has become a long post but I think it was an interesting exhibition.