Near Den Haag (The Hague) in the Netherlands is a nature park called Waalsdorpervlakte. It exists of both woods and sand dunes, as it is located close to the North Sea. But the Waalsdorpervlakte is not just a nature park. During WWII, a part of the park was used by the German occupiers to execute members of the Dutch resistance. They were locked up at the Scheveningen prison, which was nicknamed the Oranjehotel (Orange hotel). Over 250 people were killed. Right after the war, the same spot was used to carry out the death sentences that were given to some of the most notorious Dutch collaborators.
To remember those who have been killed, a monument was erected. It consists of a simple concrete block with the years of WWII and four bronze crosses. Next to this monument is a little hill with a large clock on top, the Bourdonclock. The clock is used on May the 4th, when the Dutch remember the dead from the war. Near this monument is another monument, the Rautercross, which is a single bronze cross. It marks the place where 38 people were killed as retribution for the attack on a German officer. In total 117 Dutch were killed as a response to the attack.
Besides the fact that the Waalsdorpervlakte is connected to WWII, it is also a very beautiful park to walk around.
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