Opoe Roos Organ Grinder in The Hague 1935


Opoe Roos Organ Grinder in The Hague 1935 .
Opoe Roos (Grannie Roos) – Elisabeth Hendrica Oldhoff – playing her first – 50 year old little street organ – at her golden anniversary in 1935 as street organ grinder – in the city center of The Hague (with mayor De Monchy) in Holland.
Opoe Roos Organ Grinder in The Hague 1935 ~ May 20, 1935 cinema news Polygoon Hollands Nieuws (source OpenImages) ~ Film : 20200625 Michel van der Burg | 1-memo.com

Eating Tulip Bulbs ~ Hunger Winter Holland 1944-1945

Eating Tulip Bulbs ~ Hunger Winter Holland 1944-1945 .
(silent film)
My mother did not tell me much and no details on her experiences in World War 2, except for the Hongerwinter (“Hunger winter”) – the Dutch famine of 1944–45 – that she had to eat tulip bulbs.

As children in the 1950s our mother always told us to finish and clean our plates (and pretty large portions, served by our parents) , before being allowed to leave the table. The one thing we were regularly reminded of was the famine my mother and others had experienced…and that she even had to eat tulip bulbs – then a 16-year old teenager living (with her parents) in the city of The Hague during the Dutch famine of 1944–45.
The famine was caused by a German blockade plus the harsh winter blocking alternative water routes, that cut off food and fuel shipments to the western Netherlands were food stocks rapidly ran out in the large cities of The Hague, Rotterdam, and Amsterdam . Tulip bulbs and sugar beets were commonly consumed. Trees in The Hague city woods (like Scheveningse Bosjes shown in the film) were cut , and in the end furniture and houses were dismantled to provide fuel for heating.
When the famine was worst and deaths were reaching a peak , the Bezuidenhout neighbourhood of The Hague – were my mothers family lived – was bombed by British bomber crews with the wrong coordinates flying in fog and clouds, causing widespread death and destruction. More on that ‘Bombing of the Bezuidenhout’ later this month.

Menno Huizinga (1907–1947) took photographs illegally during the occupation , mainly in his hometown The Hague in Holland. He was a member of the group of Dutch photographers ‘De Ondergedoken Camera’ (1943-1945) – The Underground Camera – doing resistance work during the Second World War.

‘Eating Tulip Bulbs ~ Hunger Winter Holland 1944-1945’ is a silent film by Michel van der Burg , using photographs captured during this ‘Hunger winter’ 1944-1945 by Menno Huizinga in Holland (mainly in The Hague) from the public domain collection of the NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies , curated by Dutch Network War Collections (NOB) for WO2 Open Data Depot via Wikimedia Commons.

Credits
Photographs by Menno Huizinga, Holland 1944-1945 | NIOD | WO2 Open Data Depot | Wikimedia Commons.
Film : Eating Tulip Bulbs (20200325) by Michel van der Burg | Settela.com – CC BY 4.0

Pre World War III Holland

Pre World War III Holland
Pre World War III view – 3 weeks ago, Tuesday 25th February – at Grote Marktstraat – literally Large Market Street – from the ground floor corner cafe of the Bijenkorf (literally Beehive) department store in the city center of The Hague. The next day, Wednesday Feb. 26th, the first corona patient was hospitalised in a dutch hospital, in Tilburg. The Bijenkorf chain of bricks-and-mortar stores is shutdown as of today, March 18, because of Coronavirus (COVID-19) precautions.
The Bijenkorf was a jewish enterprise started in the late 1800s in Amsterdam; and the The Hague department store was started 25 March 1926 just 4 years after the Grote Marktstraat – literally Large Market Street – was built. In 1980 the last family member left the company. The Hague, Feb 25, 2020 view from the Bijenkorf department store. Film : 20200318 Michel van der Burg | 1-memo.com

Behind Glass


① memo 20180616 ~ Behind Glass ~ Achter Glas (dutch for Behind Glass) by Johan van der Keuken (photographer . filmer ) in the collection of dummies and work books of the Leiden University at the 2010 Photography! exhibition in the Hague Museum of Photography , Holland

Borobudur Daguerreotypes Film


① memo 20180615 ~ Borobudur Daguerreotypes Film ~ Series of daguerreotypes of one of the walls of the Borobudur on Java , Indonesia. The oldest known photos of the Borobudur in the former Dutch East-Indies commissioned by the dutch Ministry of Colonies to the german daguerreotypist Adolf Schaefer – filmed April 2010 at the exhibition ‘Photography! A special collection of the Leiden University’ , in the Hague Museum of Photography , Holland