dinsdag 4 mei 2010

4 & 5 May

Scheveningen, 5 May 1995, Liberationday - invasion of the beach

Today, May 4, the Netherlands were occupied by the German army for the last day 65 years ago. On May 5 1945 we finally were liberated all, by the American, English, Polish & Canadian army.
Via Twitter there's a call for a "Twittersilence" tonight at 20.00h (8pm) as we remember the dead with two minutes of silence every year on May 4, 8pm. As if we nowadays can't sit still for two minutes...are we really that bad that we need a call? Do we really want to Tweet every minute of the day? Also, 8pm our time isn't 8pm your time when you are in a different timezone.

More about our Liberationday on Wiki.

Still it's a weird day, May 5. We don't have a bankholiday (why not?) as we do on April 30, when it's Queen's day "Koninginnedag". We celebrate our Queen Beatrix' birthday too with a bankholiday for everyone.

May 5 seems to be a day of (pop)festivals and beer mostly, just like Koninginnedag. On May 5 1995 me and Hans were strolling along Scheveningen beach, with D-day-like invasions of soldiers, bomb explosions and a parade of veterans. Next to the impressive landing on the beach, I was stunned by the disrespect of the watching people. Yuk...almost a naked bum, hairy naked backs etc...
We must never forget the war, not only WorldWar II but also the more recent violence all around the world.

Vanished productions present: Breda 1942-1943

Pilot. Send to "The One Minutes" for the "Where history begins / Schatten van Brabant" theme. One day soon we hope to be able to make a full lenght film of all empty houses, as there are 25 houses in my hometown Breda that were abandoned in the war. (our One Minute film only features 6) We must never forget!
...The Jews who lived in it never came back, as they almost all died in the camps like "Auschwitz" & "Westerbork" .

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