EYES – for more understanding of what happened during WWII

From the 11th till the 13th of October, a kick-off meeting is scheduled for a European project in which Liberation Route Europe Foundation (LREF) participates. History Through Their Eyes, or EYES, is a project supported by the Europe for Citizens programme of the European Union. The project contributes to citizens’—and especially the youth’s—understanding of what happened during the Second World War and the construction of the European Union. By stimulating debate, reflection and collaborating with organisations, schools, and local governments, History Through Their Eyes will raise awareness on remembrance and common history and values, and draw lessons from the past to apply to the present.

LREF, as initiator of the EYES project, will take the coordinating role. We will work together with a consortium of five European to create a transnational framework to involve youth in remembering the Second World War and making them aware of the importance of European citizenship.

EYES is an initiative of Liberation Route Europe Foundation, Région Normandie, AlliiertenMuseum, Asbl Tourisme, Culture & Patrimoine, Bastogne War Museum and the Municipality of Nijmegen. The project is financially supported by Europe for Citizens.

D-Day Museum Portsmouth joins LRE

Proudly we can announce that the D-Day Museum and Overlord Embroidery in Portsmouth (UK) has become an official member of LRE. The D-Day Museum is now undergoing a complete refurbishment and is not open to the public. This is part of an £4.9 million transforming the D-Day Museum project, assisted by the Heritage Lottery Fund. Read more about this exciting project here. The Museum will re-open in spring 2018, with completely new displays about D-Day and the Battle of Normandy, told through the stories of those who took part.

“We are very happy that the museum is now officially part of Liberation Route Europe”, states LRE director Victoria van Krieken. “Not only historically seen the museum fits really well within the route, but it also matches with our aims to expand in the UK towards the important remembrance years 2019 and 2020.”

Press trip – Battle of the Scheldt

In October, Liberation Route Europe will organize a press trip themed ‘Battle of the Scheldt’. At the end of 1944, this battle took place in the Dutch provinces of Zeeland and the western part of Brabant, as well as the area of Antwerp (Belgium). With a small group of international media representatives, we will visit several historical locations as well as museum and commemorations that are related to the Battle of the Scheldt. The trip starts at the 20th of October and will last until the 23rd of October. The costs for travel and stay can be paid by Liberation Route Europe Foundation. If you are interested in participating, please contact press officer Jeroen van Wieringen: j.vanwieringen@liberationroute.com.

Below you will find a first draft of the program:

Friday 20

Morning            –           (Arrival at Schiphol and) transfer to Zeeland

Afternoon         –           Welcome by province of Zeeland at Middelburg

Afternoon         –           Visit landing beaches Zeeland

Afternoon         –           Visit Sloedam

Afternoon         –           Transfer to hotel Zeeland

Afternoon         –           Check-in hotel

Evening            –           Dinner at hotel or other place in Zeeland


Saturday 21

Morning            –           Check-out hotel and transfer to Liberation Museum

Morning            –           Visit Liberation Museum

Afternoon         –           Transfer to Fort Breendonk (1 hour 5 minutes), Belgium

Afternoon         –           Visit Fort Breendonk and surroundings

Afternoon         –           Transfer to Bergen op Zoom

Evening            –           Check-in hotel and dinner Bergen op Zoom


Sunday 22

Morning            –           Check-out hotel and visit commemoration at Bergen op Zoom

Afternoon         –           Lunch

Afternoon         –           Visit war cemeteries Bergen op Zoom

Afternoon         –           Visit Brabantse Wal (Black Friday)

Evening            –           Dinner

Evening            –           Transfer to hotel and check-in


Monday 23

Morning            –           Check-out hotel and transfer to Schiphol

Afternoon         –           Departure – end of press trip

Available now: the new edition of LibRE

Dear visitor,

As you might be aware, last year we published the first issue of our online magazine LibRE. After the success of this first edition, we have decided to publish a second one. We can proudly inform you that the youngest edition of LibRE is now available in two languages.

The English version can be accessed at: http://bit.ly/Libre2_ENGLISH

The Dutch version can be accessed at: http://bit.ly/Libre2_DUTCH

In this second edition we offer a preview of our international Europe Remembers campaign in 2019 and 2020. Behind the scenes, we are working hard already to make this campaign a great success. Among the other stories, LibRE will feature an interview with French historian Olivier Wieviorka, everything you might want to know about the success of the National WWII Museum in New Orleans, and the current development of the guide network of Liberation Route Europe. Furthermore, we take a look at Normandy as one of the leading remembrance destinations in the world.

We hope you enjoy this edition of LibRE and will share it within your own network.