The Second World War has left deep scars for
many people and poses a memory of fear, betrayal, razzia's, concentration and
work camps, hunger, violence, suppression and the loss of loved ones. The
present and future generations are getting further and further removed from all
that has happened in the period between 1940 and 1945. For that reason it
remains necessary to keep reminding of that black period of our history.
Hopefully this will lead to a better understanding of where suppression of
certain groups in society may lead to. To Mr. Stek from Midwolda this has been
the reason to start the museum for the History of War 1940-1945.
The museum for the History of War 1940-1945 is located
in the center of Midwolda. The museum and collection are owned by Mr. M. Stek.
The museum provides the visitor with a picture from life starting with the
mobilization of the armed forces in 1939 until the liberation in 1945. You
will find object from everyday life and many less expected objects that were
used by both civilians and military personel. Although the museum is quite
small, it is definitely worthwhile to pay a visit.
Information: Museum for the History of War 1940-1945
Proprietor: Mrs. B. Stek, Hoofdweg 196, 9681 AM Midwolda. Phone/fax. +31 (0)597-551007,
E-mail: Museum for the History of War
1940 - 1945.
Opening hours: Saturdays and sundays,
from 10.00-17.00 hour, or on appointment.
Access: Free. A donation will be appreciated.
Route: Exit 45 of the motorway A7 Groningen - Nieuweschans.
||This is the shed which is
presently in use as the museum for the History of War 1940-1945. In the
museum, the period is shown by figures in original clothing, books,
newspapers, helmets, everyday objects and personel documents.
|A poster with the text "Black
Market is Robbery."
||A stengun and a receiver Ws
|Various distribution tickets are
on display in the museum. The tickets were required to purchase everyday
items like food and clothing. Adjacent air-defenses property is on display.
||A sign saying:
|In addition gasmasks, ammunitionstorage boxes, ammunitions, shells, weapons and a
range of other military objects are on display. Also, one can have a look
a newspapers and various books of the period. In addition there are many
personel documents. Adjacent a poster "Youth storm". This
poster was on display at the railway station of Scheemda.
||This is a primitive radio dating
from the war. The apparatus was made by Mr. D. Blauw from Midwolda. With
this kind of equipment, people were secretly listening to the broadcasts
of the BBC.
|This corner of the warmuseum is
dedicated to the liberation period.