Liberation Route Europe adds new trails following in the footsteps of Canadian Liberators

The LRE Foundation is pleased to announce the development of the Canadian Liberation Routean important new addition to the Liberation Route Europe hiking trails network. The Canadian Liberation Route will follow the Canadian advance to liberate the Netherlands in 1944-1945. This special route, already coming together in the Netherlands, aims to stretch in the future from Juno Beach, where the Canadian troops landed on D-Day, to the Netherlands, passing through Belgium and Germany. 

In 2022, the ‘In the Footsteps of the Canadian Liberators’ trail will be developed in the Netherlands. The route will cross the provinces of Zeeland, North Brabant, Gelderland, Overijssel, Friesland, Drenthe, ending in the province of Groningen. Last year, the Dutch National Foundation for Peace, Freedom and Veteran Care (vfonds) announced its support for this new remembrance project.

An important section of the new route will be developed in the provinces of Drenthe, Friesland and Groningen in the Netherlands with the support of the provinces themselves and will enable visitors to learn the fascinating history of these regions in the real context of where it took place, with a physical route to explore. The LRE Foundation has received the support of several other partners and municipalities in the northern part of the Netherlands to create this special route, which will be not only part of the national Canadian Liberation Route trail system but also part of the existing network of footpaths connecting the most important regions of the Allied advance in Europe in the last years of World War Two.

The theme of the new route acknowledges a large part of the commemorations in the Netherlands, which are connected with the Canadian deployment in 1944 and 1945. The Canadian troops paid a heavy price for the liberation of the Netherlands at the end of World War Two, but few people are aware of this. The new route aims to connect the stories and places of the liberation by Canadian forcesmaking them visible and accessible so that this eventful history is remembered. The route forms a literal connection between museums, monuments and stories and gives them a sustainable character.  

EASTory through their Eyes online exhibition

The Eastory through their Eyes exhibition is now available online and presents the stories of twenty people who experienced World War II and its consequences in Eastern and Western Europe. The EU-funded project is composed of an exhibition and youth events.

The twenty profiles of the EASTory through their Eyes exhibition are women and men, civilians and militaries, and they belong to different ethnic and social groups. They sometimes fought on opposite sides or lived the profoundly different consequences of WWII in the East and West of Europe. The aim of presenting these diverse stories is to increase knowledge and stimulate mutual understanding and dialogue between young people from two areas of Europe that have long been divided but are now part of the European Union.

The online exhibition is available in six languages – English, French, German, Dutch, Polish, and Czech – at this link.

The EASTory through their Eyes exhibition is currently on display at the Bastogne War Museum (Belgium) and will then travel to the Home Army Museum Krakow (Poland), the City of Pilsen (Czechia) and the German-Russian Museum Berlin-Karlshorst (Germany). Four youth events will be organised in these cities in the first half of 2022. During the events, local students will meet eyewitnesses, take part in workshops, and reflect on the stories and legacy of WWII for Europe.

EASTory through their Eyes is funded by the Europe for Citizens Programme of the European Union and is the second edition of History through their Eyes. For more information about the project, visit the dedicated page on our website.