Vrijheidsmuseum

Occupied, liberated & looted

Until 9 April 2023 from 10 to 17 hours

Exhibition

Occupied, liberated & looted highlights a little-known aspect of the liberation: the looting, especially by Allied soldiers, in the Nijmegen region. This area had been liberated but was still in the front line.

Allied soldiers

For as long as there have been wars, there has also been looting. It will therefore not surprise anyone that Allied soldiers also committed looting during the Second World War. But why did they do that on the territory of a friendly nation? Research into what was happening in the Nijmegen region leads to a confrontational conclusion: in particular in the evacuated areas of the municipalities of Ubbergen, Millingen, Groesbeek, Mook and Middelaar, Ottersum and Gennep, almost all buildings were completely ransacked. Allied troops - Americans, British and Canadians - not only robbed homes, but also factories, hotels, banks, monasteries and churches.

Harsh conditions

What inspired these soldiers to do this? And why was there hardly any action taken against them? Occupied, liberated & looted shows the special situation in the Nijmegen region, a military zone that the war front ran straight through for months and where tens of thousands of soldiers lived packed together under harsh conditions. Some soldiers stole goods out of necessity, others out of self-enrichment or simply as a distraction. After the war, looting received little attention, because that did not fit in with our image of heroic liberators. Now, three quarters of a century later, it is time to finally shed light on this shadow side of the liberation.

The exhibition is in Dutch. English-language handouts are available.

Visitor information

Access

Included in the museum ticket.

Netherlands Museum Pass valid

Date & time

Until 9 April 2023 from 10 to 17 hours

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Vrijheidsmuseum

Wylerbaan 4
6561 KR Groesbeek
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024 - 39 74 404

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