News of: Tuesday, April 17 2007,

Exhibition Liberation songs after five years of occupation

The Resistance Museum ( will open an exhibition about liberation music that became popular in Holland once World War II was over.

Sixty-eight years after WWII the Dutch Resistance Museum (Verzetsmuseum Amsterdam) brings back to life the music of the liberation in its exposition 'Liberation Music Songs after five years of occupation'.
After five years of occupation, there was a huge emotional release in May 1945. The news about the liberation was broadcast on the radio on the 4th of May. The population greeted the allied troops with enormous enthusiasm and with lots of music. Every possible effort was made to celebrate: radios reappeared, hidden flags were hung out, and the streets were coloured with the national colours red-white-blue and orange. In addition to spontaneous dancing and music, there were also many organised liberation parties. The exhibition shows sheet music from the private collection of Hugo Keesing, audio fragments, beautiful photos and stories about the impact of liberation music in those special days.

The exhibition lasts from May 3rd to September 30th, 2007.
Address: Plantage Kerklaan 61, Amsterdam (ooposite Artis Zoo)
Open: Tue Fri 10.00am-5.00pm / Sa Mon 12-5pm.