Joel StoppelsProject Manager
Joël Stoppels has joined the Liberation Route Europe team as a project manager in January 2018. He is in charge of the further development of the Liberation Route in the Netherlands, new projects with other partners and the Liberation Route Guide Organization coordination. Joël Stoppels is also an accredited member and validator from The International Guild of Battlefield Guides with badgenumber 70. He did a lot of research in different Allied operations during the Second World War in Holland and is now an expert and guide.
The battle to liberate Holland was so severe and heavy, it took so many lives, that it should not be forgotten. I believe it is very important to keep the memories of the war alive. Every year there are less people who actually experienced the war. Young people should be aware that freedom is the most important condition for individuals and for a country. It can be lost very quickly, but you do not get it back easily. In the Second World War soldiers form other countries helped us, they did fight for our freedom and many died for it. Let us never forget and be grateful that we live in freedom in this country until today.