Lessons from the past in Nijmegen

After a successful project inauguration in Caen, the second edition of History through their eyes conference and exhibition will be held in Nijmegen. A project dedicated to remembrance is organised in the week of the Operation Market Garden commemorations.


It is not a coincidence that the conference and the exhibition will be hosted in the House of Nijmegen History, the place connecting the past with the present. Dutch students will gather there to discuss with historians specialised in WWII history (Ad van Liempt, Lennert Savenije, Martijn Vermeulen and Has van Goethem), interview local eyewitnesses and rediscover their city thanks to city walks to the places related to the Second World War.

‘History through their Eyes’ conference will be as well an occasion for a meeting between mayors of two project partner cities. Mr Hubert Bruls, mayor of Nijmegen and Mr Carlo Maria d’Alessandro, mayor of Cassino (Italy) will have an occasion to discuss their respective countries’ ways towards the liberation. Their speeches will conclude the EYES conference.

Travelling exhibition
Until the end of September, people can also have a look at the travelling EYES exhibition that has been developed and is being shown in the House of Nijmegen history. The exhibition consists of the stories of ten young men and women who personally witnessed the Second World War.
Some were members of the resistance, others operated tanks, some were nurses taking care of the wounded while others were wounded themselves. Some of them are still alive today while others died during the war. All of them faced difficult choices and saw their lives change dramatically.
The Liberation Route Europe Foundation created a virtual exhibition where even more biographies will be available in English, French, Dutch, German and Italian.

Address : House of Nijmegen History (Huis van de Nijmeegse Geschiedenis) Mariënburg 26 6511 PS Nijmegen
Date and time: 19 September 2018, 9AM – 3.30 PM


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