Just outside the busy city center of The Hague, there is an open place in the dune area Meijendel called the Waalsdorpervlakte.

During World War II, 250 members of the Dutch resistance were executed here by the Germans. It is also the site of Dutch Nazi collaborator Anton Mussert’s execution in 1946. It is regarded one of the main locations where on 4 May ‘Remembrance of the Dead’, a yearly commemoration of victims of World War II and other victims of war, is held.

The Bourdon Bell, was handed over at a speech by Prime Minister Gerbrandy as a gift from the citizens of The Hague on April 30, 1959. He was immediately put into use and is since then an important part of the Remembrance Day.


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