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THE SECOND WORLD WAR IN 100 OBJECTS

Twenty-five war and resistance museums presented the most special objects from their collections together for the first time at one location: the Kunsthal in Rotterdam.

The exhibition, titled “De Tweedewereldoorlog in 100 voorwerpen” (The Second World War in 100 Objects), was a unique opportunity to see a wide range of objects from the Second World War in the Netherlands. The objects on display told stories of resistance, collaboration, survival, and liberation.

SOME OF THE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE EXHIBITION INCLUDED:

  • A sweater made of dog hair, worn by a Dutch woman who was hiding from the Nazis.
  • A pair of glasses worn by Hannie Schaft, a Dutch resistance fighter.
  • A diary written by a young girl who lived in a concentration camp.
  • A flag that was flown during the liberation of the Netherlands.

The exhibition was a powerful reminder of the human cost of war and the importance of freedom. It was also a testament to the resilience of the Dutch people in the face of adversity.

UNIQUE COLLABORATION
The exibition was a once-in-a-lifetime exhibition made possible through the cooperation of twenty-five Dutch war and Resistance museums. The museums involved in this unique collaboration provided exceptional objects from their collections, which are being presented together for the first time at one location. These 100 objects tell the story of the Second Word War in an original way. Every object has a moving, disturbing or remarkable history. The exhibition could be seen at the contemporary art museum the Kunsthal in Rotterdam from 5 February thru 5 May 2014. Once the exhibition has closed, information about these 100 select objects will continue to be available via this website.

CATALOG: WORLD WAR II IN 100 OBJECTS
This handy catalog accompanies the exhibition and showcases all 100 objects in optimal detail. These objects tell the story of World War II in a new and surprising way. The rich collections managed by the 25 participating war and resistance museums and remembrance centers contain many more unique objects and stories than can be shown in a single exhibition.

THE ASSIGNMENT
Diederik Schiebergen was commissioned to take the photographs for the catalog and traveled throughout the Netherlands to capture the special objects in the various museums.

PHOTOGRAPHY
Diederik Schiebergen for Publ. Media

DESIGN

Karel Oosting

BOOK CONCEPT, PUBLICATION AND PRODUCTION

Nico de Bruijn | IDP2.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
The catalog is a must-have for anyone interested in World War II.
It is a beautifully designed and informative book that tells the story of the war through the eyes of those who lived it.
The catalog is available for purchase from the participating museums and remembrance centers, as well as online.

The exhibition could be seen at the contemporary art museum the Kunsthal in Rotterdam from 5 February thru 5 May 2014.