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Introduction

The Second World War made a lasting impact in many parts of the 2 Seas area. Across the whole territory many physical remains like bunkers, fortifications and other traces can be found in the landscape. Unfortunately many of these remains were poorly documented, derelict and inaccessible to the public and there was no coherent cross-border framework of interpretation and presentation for this heritage.

Key to understanding the history of the Second World War and its material remnants is the immaterial heritage of the time. The memories and stories of eye-witnesses bring history to life for people who did not experience the war and help to understand the meaning of silent material remains.

The overall aim of the project is to ensure the preservation and improve the accessibility of the material and immaterial heritage of the Second World War in the 2 Seas region.

The physical accessibility as well as the access to information and knowledge about several important sites and events representing WWII heritage is improved. Read more about:

-The modernisation of museum presentations of the Atlantic Wall museum in Raversijde

-The creation of access paths to Fort des Dunes in Leffrinckoucke

-Developing a memorial center in and around Oranjemolen, Vlissingen

-Redesigning of Park Toorenvliedt in Middelburg as a memorial area

Themes

Peace disturbed

Surprised by the abrupt change (beginning of the war)

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Wartime life

Coping with and try to influence the change (during the war)

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On the way to peace

reversal of the change (end of the war en after wartime)

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