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Researching the War – 75 years of NIOD

On 8 May 1945, only three days after the liberation, the Rijksinstituut voor Oorlogsdocumentatie (RIOD, later NIOD) took up its activities. Its first task was to collect source material on the occupation. The result was a rich collection of government documents, diaries, maps, newspapers, photographs, letters, and books about the Second World War in the Netherlands, Europe and the former Dutch East Indies.

Under the leadership of the historian Loe de Jong, the Dutch history of the Second World War was written, culminating in the 14-part standard work Het Koninkrijk der Nederlanden in de Tweede Wereldoorlog (The Kingdom of the Netherlands during the Second World War), a popular publication in colourful covers that would soon be found in many post-war households.

In 2010, NIOD merged with the Centre for Holocaust and Genocide Studies under the new name NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies. Since then, the field of research broadened to include contemporary hot spots such as Srebrenica and Syria. 75 years after the liberation, NIOD still interprets the emotionally charged war past in its own way, sometimes resulting in heated discussions.

This exhibition about 75 years NIOD was put together by René van Heijningen, René Kok, and Erik Somers. With special thanks to Maria Somers

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