From Geuzen Resistance to Geuzen Medal
The Geuzen were the first members of the resistance in World War II. They resisted German occupation immediately after the start of the war. The Geuzen Resistance borrowed its militant name from the historic Geuzen of the Eighty Years War (1568-1648).
The Geuzenpennning Foundation (Stichting Geuzenpenning) was established to keep alive the ideals and memory of the Geuzen (‘Beggars’) resistance group. Since 1987 the foundation has awarded a Geuzen Medal every year as a tribute to individuals or institutions that have, in some special way, devoted themselves to fighting for democracy or against dictatorship, discrimination and racism.
The silver medal was inspired by the ‘Beggars’ medals’ struck during the Eighty Years’ War (1568-1648), when Dutch noblemen resisted Spanish rule. The medal shows two clasped hands as a symbol of dedication to the alliance and a beggar’s wallet from which hang two gourds used as drinking bowls.