This year, the House of Representatives is commemorating the end of the Second World War, precisely 75 years ago now. To stop and consider the horrors of the war, but particularly to celebrate that we have been able to live in freedom since then.
In 2020, the House of Representatives is commemorating 75 years of freedom in a number of ways. The coronavirus crisis means the plans for this commemoration have had to be changed. The commemoration ceremony at the Roll of Honour for the Fallen 1940-1945 took place as planned on 4 May, but could only be watched by the general public via the live stream. Several online activities have now been planned, such as a virtual guided tour around historical locations in the building.
The House of Representatives during the German occupation
From 1940 to 1945 the Netherlands was not an independent democracy but an occupied territory. What did that mean for the House of Representatives? What did the Members of Parliament do now there were no meetings? And what was the House of Representatives building used for during the war?