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‘Secret Karlshorst’ Neighbourhood Walk

Join the German-Russian MuseumKarlshorst in Karlshorst for the ‘Secret Karlshorst’ walking tour to discover the history of the former Soviet restricted zone and secret military facilities in this unique Berlin neighbourhood. Tours take place from April until October 2019 on every last Sunday of the month beginning at 11 a.m. outside of the German-Russian Museum. Tours cost €10 per person (reduction €5), cash only. Individual books are available by appointment. For more information contact: kontakt@museum-karlshorst.de.

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Antwerp Liberation Days

September marks the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Antwerp, Flanders, Belgium. To mark this historic event, the city has organised the Antwerp Liberation Days. Starting on September 7, there will be a special Liberation Parade with 100 historic and contemporary military and civilian vehicles along a 7km route. The Liberation Village, a re-enactment camp with live entertainment, will be open to visitors along the River Scheldt. Later in the evening, there will be a fifteen historic plane fly-over, a boat flotilla, and a special 20-minute audio-visual show at the Antwerp Town Hall. Dance the night away at the Liberation Ball in Groensplaats in the Liberation Village. On September 8, there will be a commemorative ceremony in the Stadspark in collaboration with Kazerne Dossin, historic planes at the Antwerp Airport and the Museum Stampe & Vertongen, and the departure of the Liberation Parade for the north.

Photo credit: Stadsarchief Antwerpen (www.felixarchief.be)

Rough Guides: Travel the Liberation Route Europe now available!

Rough Guides: Travel the Liberation Route Europe is now available today. Order your copy online from Amazon or Waterstones! The book is the first of its kind, combining the signature Rough Guides writing style with the Foundation’s expertise in this period of history. The book covers hundreds of locations through regions in nine different countries, focusing on the liberation routes of the Allied advance. It is a unique contribution to remembrance tourism and will make this important part of European history accessible to a wide audience.

Opening of the Dilemma Maze in Bergen op Zoom – Brabant Remembers

On June 13, 2019, Brabant Remembers in collaboration with Mothership, a Dutch art firm, has debuted the Dilemma Maze in Bergen op Zoom – an unique, interactive art installation that challenges participants to make life-changing choices inspired by personal war stories in Brabant. The maze consists of multiple white crosses creating a ‘field of honour’ in reference to the fallen soldiers in the nearby World War II cemeteries who died during the Battle of the Scheldt. As visitors make their way through the maze they are forced to contemplate life-altering decisions in a storyline developed by screenwriter/director Patrick Feijen. Sabine Nölke, the Canadian Ambassador; Wim van de Donk, Commissioner of the King for the Province of North Brabant; Frank Petter, Mayor of Bergen op Zoom; Ton Rombouts, Chairman of the Crossroads Brabant '40-'45 Foundation; and Femke Klein, Brabant Remembers Programme Director. The maze will remain at its current location for the upcoming year and is freely accessible from 8.30 a.m. until sunset, or until 9 p.m. in summer.

Photo credit: Brabant Remembers

Dutch National Campaign "75 years of Freedom"

'Europe Remembers’ and the Dutch national campaign around '75 Years of Freedom' have been working together to promote the celebration and commemoration of the end of World War II in the Netherlands, 75 years ago. Numerous national, regional and local organisations throughout the country are organising commemorations, celebrations, seminars, and exhibitions in the wake of the liberation. There will be kick-off ceremony in Terneuzen, Zeeland on August 31, 2019 to commemorate the Battle of the Scheldt and the liberation of the southern Netherlands. The program includes a fleet parade on the Westerschelde with naval ships and historic aircraft, H.M. King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands and representatives from allied countries will be present at the celebration. On 12 September 2019, Mesch, Limburg, will celebrate as the first place in the Netherlands to be liberated by American troops. Later in the month, Noord-Brabant and Gelderland will commemorate Operation Market, as well as the Battle of the Scheldt in Zeeland and Noord-Brabant.

Photo credit: 75 Jaar Vrijheid

25.000 Bottles of Airborne Beer for Charity


In the run-up to the 75th anniversary of Operation Market Garden, Airborne Beer has an important feat to celebrate. The project with a charitable character has sold the 25,000th bottle. This unique bottle was symbolically handed over at the Airborne Museum "Hartenstein" in Oosterbeek. The donations to various goals have now risen to € 20,000.


Airborne Beer was introduced 20 years ago at the 55th commemoration of the Battle of Arnhem, part of Operation Market Garden. With this gesture, initiator Gerrit Staal wanted to thank the veterans for their efforts in the battle. Since then, various charities that keep the memory of WWII alive have been supported. Airborne Beer recently made a major contribution to the crowdfunding campaign for Liberation Route Europe's International Hiking Trail. Airborne Beer is sold in several museums and liquor stores and at commemorative events in the Arnhem-Nijmegen region.

For more upcoming events during the 75th anniversary years of the end of World War II, see the website of Europe Remembers

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