Celebrating 75 Years of Freedom

In 2019 and 2020, the Netherlands will be commemorating the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War. One of the first events will take place on 31 August in Terneuzen, the Netherlands.

The program in Terneuzen will consist of various activities, taking place at a number of locations throughout the day. There will be Vrijheidsboulevard (Freedom Boulevard), presenting stories of the liberation of the southern Netherlands, a fleet parade of ships from then and now, and a variety of performances on Vrijheidsplein (Freedom Square).

The Vrijheidsboulevard tells the story of the liberation of the southern Netherlands and the Battle of the Scheldt. A row of exhibits on the Scheldeboulevard focuses on both major military events and the personal stories behind them.

For this occasion, the CineCity cinema has been renamed the Vrijheidshuis [Freedom House]. Here, performances, films and presentations will take place throughout the day.

Terneuzen was liberated on Wednesday, 20 September 1944. But the Jewish residents of Terneuzen did not survive until this liberation. On 24 March 1942 they were transported to Amsterdam via Middelburg and from there deported to Westerbork transit camp, to ultimately be murdered at Auschwitz or Sobibor.

The Commencement of Celebrating 75 Years of Freedom in Terneuzen is organised by the National Committee for 4 and 5 May, the Province of Zeeland, the Municipality of Terneuzen and a number of other partners such as the Rijksoverheid [Government of the Netherlands] and the vfonds.

More information is available online (English version) which provides details of the event timetable.



Photo: 75 Years of Freedom. Credit: Vfonds.nl