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World wars and interbellum

Tombstone Tuesday: Greater love hath no man

Posted by on 5 May 2009 in Graveyard Photography, Graveyard Rabbit of Utrecht and Het Gooi, Oud-Zuilen, World wars and interbellum | 0 comments

Tombstone Tuesday: Greater love hath no man

The inscription on the grave (in Dutch, translation below): Hier rust onze lieve zoon, broeder en verloofde Henny Knipschild 20-4-'14 27-9-'44 Niemand heeft meerder liefde dan deze, dat iemand zijn leven zette voor zijne vrienden. Joh. 15:13 English translation: Here rests our dear son, brother and fiancé Henny Knipschild 20 April [19]14 - 27 September [19]44 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 On the website of the war grave foundation I read: Knipschild, Hendrik Augustinus, was born...

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War graves

Posted by on 4 May 2009 in Graveyard Photography, Graveyard Rabbit of Utrecht and Het Gooi, Utrecht City, World wars and interbellum | 2 comments

War graves

As today is Dodenherdenking (remembrance day) in The Netherlands, let’s visit some war graves. War is pretty much synonymous with World War II, here, and the war grave section in the cemeteries in Utrecht we will visit today are indeed for people who perished in World War II. The first photos, above and below, are from St. Barbara cemetery in Utrecht. The war grave section is near the entrance. It consists of a flagstaff, a monument, a group of head stones, and a plaque. On days like today, the flag hangs half-staff, but most of the...

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Archbishops of Utrecht

Posted by on 22 Mar 2009 in 19th century, Graveyard Photography, Graveyard Rabbit of Utrecht and Het Gooi, The modern era, Utrecht City, World wars and interbellum | 0 comments

Archbishops of Utrecht

In December, I showed you the grave of bishop Guy van Avesnes, in the Domkerk, the former Utrecht cathedral. Until the reformation, the (arch)bishops of Utrecht were buried in this church. After the reformation, the Domkerk became protestant, and no new bishop was appointed for several centuries. The Utrecht archbishopric was restored in 1853, and Johannes Zwijsen became the first modern archbishop of Utrecht. I don’t know where Zwijsen was buried, but his successors, starting with Andreas Ignatius Schaepman, are buried in the St....

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Farewell Holland

Posted by on 13 Aug 2007 in 19th century, BOEL Louwrens 1865-, BRUGGEN Jan van 1862, Emigration, JANSEN Jan 1881-1940, KAMPEN Catharina Susanna van 1883-1960, KAMPEN Jacob van 1881, KAMPEN Maria van 1862, KAMPEN Mijntje van 1863, KAMPEN Teuntje van 1866, KAMPEN Teuntje van 1869, KAMPEN Vollekert van 1864, NEDERIJNEN Gerrit van 1860, NEL Willem Cornelis 1888-1969, PARDOEN Maria Margaretha 1881-1971, PARDOEN Nellij 1894, PARDOEN Sophia 1883-1966, REEF Jan 1896, SCHOUTEN Gerardus Fredericus 1864, VELSEN Clement Marie van 1871-1947, VOLKERSZ Johanna Maria 1883, WENTSEL Reintje 1870-1953, World wars and interbellum | 1 comment

Farewell Holland

Dutch emigrants to North America The family trees on my genealogy websites have several emigrants to North America. Most of them went to the U.S., boarding their ship at the Wilhelminakade in Rotterdam, and entering the States a fortnight later via Ellis Island. Let me introduce you to some of these emigrants. They are descendants of Lourens van Kampen and Neel de Vos, or of Paulus Pardoen and Johanna Pietersen. If you recognize any of these people, maybe you can share your memories of them in a comment below. Additions, corrections, photos,...

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Dudok’s Hilversum town hall

Posted by on 6 Oct 2006 in Art, Holland, Masterpieces, Photo Blog, World wars and interbellum | 0 comments

Dudok’s Hilversum town hall

Artist Willem Marinus Dudok Title Raadhuis Year 1931 Location Hilversum Willem Marinus Dudok (1884-1974) was a Dutch modernist architect. His main influences were the Amsterdam School, and especially the work of Hendrik Petrus Berlage. Most of his work is in Hilversum, where he became the City Architect in 1928. Dudok left his mark on the town: He designed dozens of public buildings (many of then landmarks), but also complete neighborhoods. The Raadhuis (town hall) in Hilversum is Dudok’s masterpiece. Dudok designed it in 1923-1924, but...

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