Brabant Remembers commemorate war stories

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In collaboration with Brabant Remembers, we made three murals as part of the celebration “76 years of Liberation”. Three artists created murals inspired by life-changing war stories.

Otecki – Gasthuisvelden (Breda)

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The mural by the Polish artist Otecki is based on the liberation of Breda on October 29, 1944, by the First Polish Armored Division led by General Stanislaw Maczek. One of the most important events in the history of Breda. The 27-meter-high mural is a tribute to the people who gave their lives for our freedom.

Wojciech Kołacz (Otecki), was inspired by a special photo from the Breda City Archives. The photo shows how two girls, Ria Vermeulen-Welten and Ineke van Wijck, write a message in chalk on a rolling Polish tank. Ria, now a girl of 92 years old, attended the festive unveiling with a visit by King Willem-Alexander and Polish President Andrzej Duda.

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Marije Maria – Joseph Poelaerstraat 1 (Breda)

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Illustrator Marije Maria collaborated with Het Indisch Museum van Stichting Arjati (Foundation) for this mural. The design is inspired by the stories of the volunteers. On the colorful wall you can see rice fields, batik fabric and Melati flowers.

The mural commemorates all victims of the Japanese occupation of the former Dutch East Indies during World War II. The Melati (Jasmine) flower is not just there. This is also the symbol of the official national commemoration on August 15. The flower symbolizes life and beauty, but also the spirit realm and death. It is a flower that does not thrive in the Netherlands and therefore symbolizes the shared past and the not-forgotten.

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TelmoMiel – Tuinzigtlaan (Breda)

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When Nazi Germany invaded the Netherlands in 1940, Mayor Van Slobbe initiates a large-scale evacuation. This evacuation, known as De Vlucht, has been a much discussed topic to date. On the day of the evacuation, almost all 50,000 Breda residents left their homes. They leave in groups on different routes to the south. To take as much stuff as possible, cargo bikes, farm carts and prams are stuffed.

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Would you like to see the murals in real life? Check out the following route

All these murals are part of the Brabant Remembers project. Brabant Remembers tells personal stories about the Second World War. Big and small, about mobilisation, rebellion, collaboration or the liberation. Seventy-five stories surrounding a life-changing choice.

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