Remembering Rotterdam Blitz
On the 14th May 1940, Rotterdam was bombed heavily by the German air force. Leaving thousands homeless and lost their love ones, it ruined historical buildings, it was devastating how a city could be destroyed heavily. The bombing followed by the Dutch capitulation to Germany on the following day, 15th May 1940. Two years after the Netherlands’ surrender, Indonesia, which was colonized by the Netherlands, fell to German’s ally, Japan. Five years later, 1945, the World War Two ended: the Netherlands was freed from Germany occupation and Indonesia declared its independence. However the wars did not end for Indonesia and the Netherlands. In the period of 1945 to 1949, Indonesian army had to fight the Dutch army, for the Dutch longing to reoccupied Indonesia.
No wars have real winners, no citizens would enjoy living when their freedom and their identity being scrapped. The truth is people suffered most during the wars. It is a tragedy to be avoided. To remember the bombing tragedy, a couple years ago, Rotterdam held light shows at night time to present the bombing area (Rotterdam Blitz) in 1940. The show was very touching and beautiful at the same time. A date to be remembered for not happening again.
“No wars have real winners, no citizens would enjoy living when their freedom and their identity being scrapped. The truth is people suffered most during the wars. It is a tragedy to be avoided.”
Indah, please give these thoughts and a link to this post in a comment to my post JF’s Challenge.
Thank you JF! It is such an honor to do so..you made my weekend!! 🙂
I enjoyed your post and your deep thoughts. It’s too bad that many people today want to forget history.
Enjoy your weekend! 😉
and you too Jeff, enjoy the rest of the weekend!
I enjoyed your photos but above all I agree you notes of remembrance; its a pity we can’t get all the warmongers in one room to listen too the ordinary peoples of the world who want too, can do, and do live together in peace alongside each other.
Thank you so much! My apology just reply it now, I just found your comment. Hope all is well and you have a good weekend.
We all have busy busy days Indah this is the first time I’ve logged in for a week 🙂
Being born in Rotterdam myself I very much appreciate your post and the very beautiful pictures!
Dankjewel! Ik vind dat Rotterdam als mijn tweede thuis voelt 🙂
I found this post via JF who posted above. I visited Rotterdam for the first time last year and was impressed with how Rotterdam officials have reinvented the city since the Rotterdam Blitz. I knew little of the city’s history before my visit – travel is a wonderful way of learning. The light show must have been very moving – a great way of ensuring history is not forgotten.
Thank you so much Lynne for leaving the comment. Indeed, travel makes us learn new thing 🙂 The light show was beautiful and I wish the local govt to continue the event but unfortunately it stop since couple years ago 😦 The blitz is now being commemorated by 1 minute silence..
Ini foto-foto membuat kangen Rotterdam. Bagus sekali hasil fotonya Mbak 🙂
Makasih Aldi 🙂