In the web project “Middelburg destroyed and rebuilt” you will find information about Middelburg during the Second World War and the rebuilding, in texts, prints, photos, documents and video fragments.
In The archive you will find a selection of material from the Zeeland Archives.
The material is divided into three themes:
- The city in ruins
- The provisional city
- The new town
You can also contribute to the content of this site. Make your own photo report or wall paper and send it, then others can admire your work here.
The war story
Read the stories about:
> The city in ruins
> The provisional city
> The new town
In the archives on this site you can search for photos, film clips, documents and other materials./themapagina/middelburg-verwoest-en-herbouwd/het-archief/
Photograph a place in the center of Middelburg where you have discovered something that has to do with the bombing of 1940. If you follow the treasure hunt you will find those places automatically./themapagina/middelburg-verwoest-en-herbouwd/fotoreportage/
In 1940 not many people had a camera or telephone. There was not even television or internet. For news people were dependent on the newspaper and the radio and the cinema news. What could be in a newspaper nowadays about the events of May 1940 and beyond?/themapagina/middelburg-verwoest-en-herbouwd/muurkrant/
The web project requires a search, the reconstruction route Middelburg rises from its ashes. The reconstruction route passes buildings in the center of Middelburg that were restored after the bombing on 17 May 1940 and buildings that were newly built.
The facades of many rebuilt properties contain a memorial stone. On this small stone is the eagle from the Middelburg city coat of arms that rises from its own ashes like a phoenix. The image represents Middelburg burned down and rebuilt. In the quest and in the web project you see drawings of the phoenix.
On the website of the Zeeland Archives you can find background information about Middelburg in the Second World War:
- File with articles about Walcheren onder water 1944-1946
- Article about Het Vergeten Bombardement op Middelburg, 17 mei 1940