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In World War Two when Holland was occupied by nazi-Germany, many members of the resistance were detained in a cell barack on the Van Alkemadelaan at Scheveningen under piteous circumstances. The cell barracks were opened in 1919 and were confiscated by the Nazi forces of occupation for use as prison accommodations following their invasion in May 1940. At that point the cell barracks were nicknamed the Oranjehotel after the Dutch monarchy to denote the resistance fighters held there. The staff initially consisted of civilian prison wardens. Later the cell barracks became the purview of the Sicherheitsdienst.  Many prisoners were taken to several concentrationcamps all over Europe. But more than 300 were brought to the nearby dunes and shot there. They left the prison through a small gate, were loaded into a truck and driven to the Waalsdorpervlakte at The Hague. Today thr barracks still remain but were modernized. Only only deathcell 601, where prisoners had to wait for their execution, is unchanged left intact.

Every year in September, a memorial is held, followed by a silent march along cell 601. Wreaths are laid by official authorities and foundations. This year on 25 September 2010 we were there too for the first time. An impressive memorial, with a speach by professor Blom of the NIOD I saw former members of the resistance who were hold in this Scheveningen prison. They were now high of age. It was impressive to listen to the story of some of them.

After the memorial we went to the Waalsdorpervlakte in the dunes. There is a memorial, crosses on the place were remains were found and a bourbon. This clock sounds every year in the evening of 4 May, when Holland remembers its death. Every year a memorial service at cell 601 is held. This cells is normally not accessible to the public as it is located within the walls of the prison. There are plans to demolish the cell baracks but to remain death cell 601 and the gate as a monument and to make accessible to the public.

Through this gate prisoners left the Scheveningen prison to be shot in the dunes on the Waalsdorpervlakte.
Through this gate prisoners left the Scheveningen prison to be shot in the dunes on the Waalsdorpervlakte.
Waiting until the gate was opened. It was very cold and for me a bit exciting because it was the first time I came behind the prison walls. My wife listening to the story of a former prisoner.
Waiting until the gate was opened. It was very cold and for me a bit exciting because it was the first time I came behind the prison walls. My wife listening to the story of a former prisoner.

 

Waiting at the entrance of Scheveningen prison
Waiting at the entrance of Scheveningen prison Waiting at the entrance of Scheveningen prison
Silent march along death cell 601 Silent march along death cell 601
Silent march along death cell 601

Deathcell 601 today a memorial

Sign to the monument on Waalsdorpervlakte Information about Waalsdorpervlakte
On our way to the monument on the Waalsdorpervlakte we saw this wall of the Atlantikwall. On our way to the monument on the Waalsdorpervlakte we saw this wall of the Atlantikwall.
On our way to the monument on the Waalsdorpervlakte we saw this wall of the Atlantikwall.
On our way to the monument on the Waalsdorpervlakte we saw this wall of the Atlantikwall. On our way to the monument on the Waalsdorpervlakte we saw this wall of the Atlantikwall.