Unhiding a WWII hiding place

In 1943, at the age of five, Jits van Straten and his father went into hiding. For almost two years they lived together in an underground shelter at the Veluwe. Jits’ father was caught during a raid in December 1944 and died in Neuengamme in 1945. At the age of 82 Jits asked Saxion to help him with his life long search for this hiding place from his early childhood. In July 2021 we found this hiding place which was excavated in April 2022. During the excavation it became clear that at the end of the war a fire destroyed parts of the shelter. Despite the collapse of the roof, a part of the interior has been preserved. The excavation has been photogrammetrically documented in 3D. In 2023 an exhibition will be organized in “De Canneburch” about the Labberton family during WWII. In this Smart Solutions-project you will design in close cooperation with the staff of “De Cannenburch”, local stakeholders and Jits van Straten a small exhibition about the story of this hiding place.

Cluster: Stories of the Past

This project contributes to the following Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):