The Geuzen Monument
In 1981 a committee was formed with the aim of collecting funds for the creation of a Geuzen monument in memory of the first large resistance group in the Netherlands and the Geuzen who died in the concentration camps. Vlaardingen was chosen as the location for the monument because many of the Geuzen had lived in and around the town. The Geuzen Monument is located opposite the town hall which dates from 1650.
Unveiled by Queen Beatrix
The Vlaardingen sculptor Leen Droppert designed the Geuzen Monument. Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands unveiled the national Geuzen Monument in the Markt in Vlaardingen on 12 March 1983. 'Het College Vos’, a school for secondary education in Vlaardingen, has adopted the monument.
The Meaning of the Monument
The monument represents a human figure: resolute, hesitant and uncertain. The statue portrays a silenced and battered man, literally cut from life, which is expressed by the cut off feet and lower legs. This was the price the resistance fighter had to pay. But the resistance continued despite the liquidations. Once lit the fire could not be put out.
A walking figure, imbued with the task of carrying his message on
The statue is quite deliberately conceived as a walking figure, imbued with the task of carrying his message on into the future. He cannot stand still. He lifts one hand up high, cautionary and imploring; with the other he in turn protects his vulnerable body and raises his fist against the enemy.
The Geuzen Monument also symbolises and appeal to and an example for future generations. It is surrounded by a low circular wall. On the wall are the words: ‘Geuzen Resistance, May 1940 - May 1945’, ‘Opposition to the enemy always occurs at the right time’.
Eighteen black stripes
There is a pedestrian crossing of black stripes from the statue to the former police station in the Markt, where the Geuzen were taken after their arrest: eighteen ominous black stripes corresponding to the number of executions on Waalsdorpervlakte on 13 March 1941.