The memorial monument:
People in hiding bench.
It is designed by Wim Doorschodt
What does it represent.
The North East Polder was made and cultivated during the Second World War. The German occupiers where interested in this project and tolerated the work. Polder workers where dismissed to work in the German war industry (the Arbeitseinsatz). The enthusiasm to work in the polder became that great that the Noord Oost Polder (NOP) was also called Dutch Hiding Paradise. (in Dutch language also N.O.P.)
A reunion of the former ‘people in hiding’ was held on May 5th 1965. After some money was left, this work could be realized.
The bench was designed by Wim van Doorschodt from Giethoorn.
You see a ‘German’ eagle that rises above a shrunken human, a reference to oppression and resistance. The waves and the fish makes the connection with the former Zuiderzee.
The bench was made in 1967, has been on several places in the Polder, but has this prominent place in front of the town hall since 1997.
The People in hiding bench.
and thank you for your interest.