Around the ‘Hiding Bench’
you will see a number of memorial stones
- Memorial stone Veterans Day
Normally always on the last Saturday in June, but because it was 70 years ago the 1944 razzia (raid) took place in the Noordoostpolder, it was postponed until November 15, 2014.
- Memorial stone Liberation of the Noordoostpolder
April 17, 1945 was the day of liberation for the Noordoostpolder.
The allies skipped the Noordoostpolder because the Germans had already runaway.
Albert Knipmeijer, as Commander of the Interior Forces transferred the authority to landdrost Smeding, as the highest representative of the civil administration.
- Memorial stone A.J. Knipmeijer
Albert Knipmeijer was associated with the ‘polders’ during the Second World War. From his position in Kampen he helped many men to work in the Noordoostpolder. By cheating with personal data, he managed to place people in hiding here, so they had not to go to Germany. The polder was therefore also called the Dutch Hiding Paradise.