09 Jun 2013

Dam Square Shootings, May 7, 1945

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Thousands of Dutch were awaiting the arrival of the liberators in Dam Square in Amsterdam on May 7, 1945, two days after the capitulation of Germany. Officers of the Kriegsmarine (German Navy) watched from the balconies of the Grote Club how the crowd grew and grew, dancing and cheering. Finally, the Germans placed a machine gun on the balcony and began to shoot people in the square. The picture shows how members of the outdoor crowd sought protection aligning themselves with the “shadow” of the lamp posts, the only obstacle between them and German fire. 22 people died and 120 were seriously injured.

The shooting finally ceased when a member of the resistance climbed the tower of the royal palace and opened fire on the Germans. It was then that a German officer together with a Resistance commander, managed to make their way into the club and convinced the Germans to surrender.

Via Push the Movement.

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