Liberation Route Europe

Liberation Route Europe
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Eyewitness Museum

Eyewitness Museum, partner of Liberation Route Europe

www.eyewitnesswo2.nl

Thanks to a daring and contemporary concept, visitors to the Eyewitness War Museum come face to face with a critical period in European history: The Second World War. Various combat scenes are depicted in 13 dioramas populated by 150 life-like figures and original historic objects.

With the help of an impressive film, photos, sound effects, and tablets containing background information, all the senses are engaged. The exhibits also feature an exclusive and extensive display of original objects, artefacts, and uniforms, including a number of valuable items that are rarely, if ever, shown in public.

Guided by the museum’s fictional character named August Segel, a German paratrooper, visitors are taken along Europe's most important fronts. They can follow his story, depicted in several dioramas and various letters he sends home, which provide deeper insight into his experiences.

A paratrooper with the first Fallschirmjäger Regiment, which was later partly absorbed into the Hermann Göring Division, August enlisted in 1935. He serves at many different fronts throughout the war. August is in the Netherlands during the May 1940 invasion. Afterwards, he is stationed in Russia, which he amazingly survives. Then, he serves in Normandy and Belgium. Finally, August spends the last days of the Second World War in Berlin, and the rest is history.

In short, the Eyewitness is a museum with a story!

The Eyewitness War Museum is a fairly new museum that retells Europe’s history during the Second World War in a revolutionary way. Through impressive dioramas, visitors witness the 1940 German invasion of the Netherlands, encounter members of the NSB (Dutch fascist party) during the occupation, follow Germany's advance on Russia in the summer of 1941, and observe their crushing defeat in Stalingrad in 1943. Also brought to life are a razzia (raid) in a Dutch city, the Holocaust, the resistance and what it looks like to go into hiding, the chaotic Battle of Normandy in the summer of 1944, the terrors of the Battle of the Bulge and the Battle of the Huertgen Forest in the winter of 1944/1945, and the joyous liberation, followed by the total collapse of the Third Reich, during the Battle of Berlin in April 1945. Thanks to the lifelike quality of these displays, visitors leave with an experience they'll never forget.

Unique and valuable items are displayed throughout the museum. Uniforms, weapons, and documents all tell the exceptional personal history of the people who used them during the war.

Thanks to the experiences of fictional German paratrooper August Segel, visitors get an impression of life during the war on various fronts. Eyewitness sets itself apart from other war museums by including the German perspective in the history of the Second World War.

At the heart of the Eyewitness War Museum are the people whose tales we bring to life. In this way, the museum offers visitors of all ages a more personal and moving yet educational retelling of the Second World War.


“The Eyewitness War Museum is in cooperation with Liberation Route Europe, a collaboration we believe will really help put this young museum on the map. “ Wim Seelen, Director, Eyewitness War Museum.


 

  • At the Eyewitness War Museum, the people take centre stage through personal stories and rare artefacts. Visitors are also taken to some of the most important battlefields in Europe thanks to the fictitious German paratrooper, August Segel. This allows visitors to experience the history of the Second World War through a uniquely human perspective
  • The Eyewitness War Museum displays a highly unique collection of exclusively original German and allied uniforms, weapons, and equipment, presented in a series of dioramas populated with lifelike figures.
  • The Eyewitness War Museum is located in South Limburg, situating it within range of the great Western European battlefields of the Second World War. This further sets the museum apart as an exceptionally unique approach to European history.
Location Maastrichterlaan 456191 ABBeek
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Liberation Route Europe is an ever expanding international commemoration route connecting the milestones of modern European history together. The route forms a link between the major regions during the advance of the Allies.

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