Take a virtual tour of the exhibition ‘WW2 in 100 objects’

It's been two years since the exhibition WW2 in 100 Objects in the Kunsthal Rotterdam ended, having welcomed more than 100,000 visitors. However, the exhibition website has been extended with a Google Street View 360-degree version of the exhibition. Now everyone can still visit the exhibition virtually: www.tweedewereldoorlog.nl/100voorwerpen/virtueel/ Objects of the National Hideout Museum The National Hideout Museum in Aalten [...]

National Hideout Museum contributed to successful exhibition in Berlin

The National Hideout Museum was involved in the preparation of the exhibition. 1945 – NIEDERLAGE. BEFREIUNG. NEUANFANG – ZWÖLF LÄNDER EUROPAS NACH DEM ZWEITEN WELTKRIEG Van het Duits Historisch Museum in Berlijn (24. 4.2015-10.01-2016) The Second World War ended in Europe on the 8th of May 1945 with the capitulation of the Wehrmacht. Six years […]

Dutch Canadian publishes diary about years in hiding during WW2

Peter Van Essen was born in Apeldoorn, the Netherlands, in 1922. In 1943, to avoid forced labour in Germany, Peter went into hiding on a farm near Aalten, with the help of the resistance movement. He spent the next two years hiding on the farm, named 'De Koekoek', and kept a diary of his experiences. During this time [...]

Exhibition ‘Portrait of an Era’

About photography and daily life around the year 1900 in Westphalia and the Achterhoek 28 November 2015 – 3 April 2016 The exhibition ‘Zeitgeist-Zeitenwende’ (Portrait of an Era) presents a selection of some 40 photographs, including portraits, motifs from the life in the countryside as well as photos of buildings. The images illustrate there are parallels between the transition from old […]

Hideout Museum score high at ANWB museum check

The Royal Dutch Touring Club (ANWB) had its members check the accessibility and hospitality of Dutch museums for less mobile visitors. By means of a questionnaire visitors could rate various criteria with grades from 1 to 10. These criteria included accessibility by public transport, parking facilities in the vicinity of the museum, the availability of a disabled toilet and the possibility […]

Jennie Kempink

Jennie Kempink lived with her father Gerrit and her mother Dirkje at the address Markt 12 in Aalten. The Kempink family was very sociable: the house was a meeting place for many, even during World War II. Up in the attic they hid people in hiding. For them, Markt 12 was a passageway to a definitive hiding [...]

Ome Jan

'Ome Jan' (Uncle Jan) Wikkerink was an important resistance leader in Aalten during World War II. In his house in the Patrimoniumstraat in Aalten in 1942, the LO was founded: the National Organisation for Aid to People in Hiding. Throughout the war, Ome Jan was involved with the resistance. He helped escaped prisoners of war and shot-down pilots escape to England. [...]

Ivy Philips

Ivy Philips, a Jewish boy from a good family, fled from his home town Zutphen at age 15, along with his friend Fritz Cohen. He spent the war in the hamlet De Heurne, near the border village of Dinxperlo. They pretended to be students, named Jan Klinkenberg and Frits Verwey, who didn't want to go to Germany for the Arbeidseinsatz. [...]

Entrance hall

Upon entering the hall, we see it is about making choices during the Second World War: Jews had little choice, they went into hiding, were arrested or deported. If you agreed with the Nazis, you could become a member of the NSB. Children of NSB-members could join the Youth Storm. If you chose resistance against the Germans, you […]


The inhabitants of Market 12, a family with children, were forced to share their living space during the war, because the large living room was requisitioned by the Germans and used as Ortskommandantur. This space is about the bureaucratic organization and its consequences for the population. Actions of the occupying forces as well as the […]

Front room

Nevertheless, despite the hard times, during the war the lives of the residents of the house continued. This is shown in the front room. Father had to work for the Germans and the children went to school as usual, to the extent possible.

Middle room

Like the father of the family, many Dutch men had to work for the Germans: the Arbeitseinsatz. That is what the intermediate chamber is about. We also see how difficult it was to get electricity during the war.

Upstairs room

The upstairs room tells the story of the Atlantikwall, the defensive wall built by the Germans along the Atlantic ocean to prevent an invasion. For the construction of this wall, amongst others, residents of Scheveningen had to be evacuated. About 500 inhabitants of Scheveningen were housed in Aalten in that period.


During World War II, the kitchen was used far too little for which it was intended unfortunately. To get something to eat almost was a full-time job. There were food stamps, but you had to pay close attention if you could still use the vouchers you had. Some products were not even available anymore, substitutes were brought on […]

Cellar (air raid shelter)

Beneath the house is a cellar, which served as an air raid shelter and where all the people from the neighborhood fled during an air raid. They hoped to be safe there. Because. being so close to the German border, many bombers flew over Aalten on their way to Germany and it sometimes happened that a bomb was released too […]

Side corridor

In the side corridor the central theme is: Propaganda. The Germans as well as the Allies and the opposition used posters and flyers to convince people of their right.


At the top, in the attic, a lot is happening. There is an illegal printing house, a hiding place and there are many stories about resistance and hiding. Visitors can submit their own stories here, or those of their parents or grandparents.


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