New audio spots, part of Liberation Route Europe’s international remembrance route, have been inaugurated thanks to the collaboration between the LRE Foundation and its valued member, Visit Wadden. With this new addition, the provinces of Groningen, Friesland and North-Holland are now officially affiliated with the Liberation Route Europe.
The new audio spots are located along the Atlantic Wall and will tell the stories of these locations in World War II. The audios are available in three languages (Dutch, English and German) and join a family of more than 200 stories to be heard across several Dutch provinces. These audio spots, created at the initiative of the Wadden Fund project Atlantikwall Center, enlarge the Liberation Route Europe network in Northern Netherlands by adding the Wadden Sea Coast region.
A close collaboration with local actors from Northern Netherlands
Thanks to this collaboration, Liberation Route Europe is a step closer to reaching its aim – gather all unique locations related to the memory of the final years of World War II. In particular, the provinces of Groningen, Drenthe and Friesland constitute a special route that the Canadian troops followed when liberating the Netherlands. The LRE Foundation works closely with the three regions to officially open the northern section of the Liberation Route Europe hiking trails, the “Canadian Trail”, by mid-2022.
Joël Stoppels, founder and guide of Battlefield Tours and Project Manager at the LRE Foundation, will present a series of live streams to introduce the new Atlantic Wall locations and audio spots in collaboration with local experts. This series of live tours will start with the Fiemel Battery in Groningen, where the last battles of WWII in the Netherlands took place. The live streams will be accessible on the Visit Wadden Facebook page.
14 April 2021, 8:00 – 8:20 pm: Fiemel Battery
21 April 2021, 8:00 – 8:20 pm: Casemate Museum
28 April 2021, 8:00 – 8:20 pm: Atlantikwall Center
12 May 2021, 8:00 – 8:20 pm: Bunkermuseum Schlei