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Battle of Arnhem 75 years


This year it will be 75 years ago that thousands of allied forces were dropped around Arnhem to fight for our freedom. The Airborne Museum will host numerous of special activities during this commemoration year. Activities will range from a battlefield tour per mountain bike to lectures on the Battle of Arnhem given by English best-selling authors. Besides these special activities, there is also the possibility to attend eyewitness testimonies in the museum or to book a guided hike tour.
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Outdoor exhibition Arnhem Boys

Photographer Richard Jopson has interviewed and captured on camera the last surviving Battle of Arnhem veterans over the past years. In light of the 75 years Battle of Arnhem commemoration, these unique photos are being displayed near the Airborne Museum in Hartenstein park.

Arnhem Boys is a unique collection of testimonials from the last living Battle of Arnhem eye witnesses. The exhibition is free of charge and accessible from 30 August until the end of September.

Where: Hartenstein park (park behind the museum)
Date: 29 August until September.
Free of charge

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lecture by Robert Kershaw

British author Robert Kershaw wrote a classic called It never snows in September in which Kershaw provides a detailed description of Operation Market Garden and the Battle of Arnhem from the German perspective. For his book he interviewed a lot of German soldiers who were present during the operation, including Heinz Harmel, the 10th SS-Panzer-Division SS-Brigadeführer. Kershaw will give a lecture on the German perspective in the museum on 11 September.

Robert Kershaw, who until recently was very high up in the NAVO, joined the parachute regiment in 1973, for which he served in Northern-Ireland, Bosnia, and the first Gulf War. He received an American Bronze Star for his service. He wrote twelve military history books and contributed to The Times, The Sunday Times, the Daily Telegraph and the Sunday Telegraph.

Date: 11 September

Time: 19.00 – 19.30 walk-in, 19.30 – 21:00 lecture + questions from the audience, 21.30 end.
Costs: € 12,50 p.p.

This lecture takes place in the Concertzaal
Rozensteeg 3, 6862 DH Oosterbeek

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lecture by Antony Beevor

In Arnhem, the battle for the bridges, British historian and master storyteller with a special interest in military and political decision making, Antony Beevor provides an extensive image of the Battle of Arnhem. He describes the unfortunate fates of soldiers and civilians and he gets rid of the myths surrounding the Battle of Arnhem using new archive material. Arnhem, the battle for the bridges appeared in 2018 and because of the successful lecture he gave in that year, Beevor will once again tell about his book on 15 September.

British military historian Antony Beevor studied at the Winchester College and the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, where he was taught by Sir John Keegan. Beevor wrote many other books, including the international bestsellers Stalingrad and Berlin: The Downfall 1945. Millions of his books were sold all over the world. He was awarded for his books several times, receiving the Samuel Johnson Prize and the Wolfson Prize for History.

Date: 15 September
Time: 15.30 – 16.00 walk-in, 16.00 – 17.00 lecture + questions from the audience, 18.00 end.
Costs: € 12,50 p.p.

This lecture takes place in the Concertzaal
Rozensteeg 3, 6862 DH Oosterbeek

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lecture Christer Bergström

Book release and lecture about Christer Bergström’s new book in two volumes: “Arnhem 1944 – An Epic Battle Revisited”

“New Facts and New Perspectives on Operation Market Garden”

On Tuesday, September 17, Swedish historian Christer Bergström will give a lecture on his latest book “Arnhem 1944 – An Epic Battle Revisited”, which will be released in September this year.

“The in-depth research made by Christer Bergström on Market Garden has resulted in many myths and misconceptions being convincingly dispelled, backed up by detailed source notes. In fact, his two volumes of the book “Arnhem 1944″ form a completely new image of the battle in the Netherlands in the autumn of 1944. Christer Bergström enjoys the reputation of being one of the world’s foremost experts on the Second World War.”

Bergström works professionally as a teacher in English and Swedish history and is the author of several highly-acclaimed books on Second World War aviation. He has published 31 books on the subject, most of them in English. Through his in-depth research work, he has moved the borders of our knowledge forward in many fields – e.g. the Ardennes Offensive, the Battle of Britain, the Eastern Front. Now the turn has come to Operation Market Garden.

This lecture is in English.

Date: 17 september
Lecture + booksigning: 15.30 – 17.00
Costs: € 12,50 p.p.

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booksigning Dutch girl robert matzen

Robert Matzen’s book Dutch Girl, Audrey Hepburn and World War II has recently been published.
Twenty-five years after her passing, Audrey Hepburn remains the most beloved of all Hollywood stars, known as much for her role as UNICEF ambassador as for films like Roman Holiday and Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Several biographies have chronicled her stardom, but none has covered her intense experiences through five years of Nazi occupation in the Netherlands. According to her son, Luca Dotti, “The war made my mother who she was.”

Audrey’s own reminiscences, new interviews with people who knew her in the war, wartime diaries, and research in classified Dutch archives shed light on the riveting, untold story of Audrey Hepburn under fire in World War II. Also included is a section of color and black-and-white photos. Many of these images are from Audrey’s personal collection and are published here for the first time.

Airborne Museum booksigning session in Oosterbeek: Wednesday 18 September 11.00 – 12.00 uur

Airborne at the Bridge (Rijnkade 150, Arnhem) signing session in Arnhem: Wednesday 18 September 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Lecture by Dilip Sarkar 

Dilip Sarkar’s new book Arnhem 1944: The Human Tragedy of the Bridge too Far is published in May 2019. Sarkar will speak about his research and project at the Airborne Museum on 18 September.

This unique book focuses on the individual victim’s tragic stories. These men were killed on different occasions during the Battle of Arnhem. Sarkar has recorded these moving stories for posterity, with the full cooperation of the families involved. Besides Sarkar’s book presentation, the exhibition Dilip Sarkar: The Human Tragedy of the Bridge Too Far will be on view at Airborne at the Bridge in Arnhem from 20 September. 

British historian Dilip Sarkar MBE FRHistS has been fascinated by the Second World War his whole life.  Unable to comprehend the sheer scale of the losses, his work revolves around the ‘human’ aspect, exploring who these men were, how they died, and what effect this had on their loved ones.  Arnhem 1944 is his 38th book. He is a sought-after and popular presenter, having spoken at such prestigious venues as the Imperial War Museum, Oxford University and National Memorial Arboretum, in addition to contributing to various television documentaries. An internationally respected expert on the Battle of Britain and Spitfire aircraft, he was honoured by HM Queen Elizabeth II when made an MBE in 2003, and in 2006 Dilip was elected to the Fellowship of the Royal Historical Society.

Date: 18 september
Time: 19.00 – 19.30 walk-in, 19.30 – 21.00
lecture + questions from the audience, 21.30 end
Costs: € 12,50 p.p.

The museum cafe will be open for drinks during the entire evening.

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