Three Amsterdammers and the February strike
In the new exhibition ‘Be Courageous!’ the Resistance Museum highlights the lives of three people who helped organize the February strike in Amsterdam on 25 February 1941. How did they practice their beliefs and what dire consequences did that have? And what price did their loved ones actually pay?
Before the war, Coba Veltman was a typist at the communist newspaper, Willem Kraan road worker, and Joop IJsberg tram conductor. Immerse yourself in their deeds with historical photos and objects, and view original letters and documents. You can, for example, read the notes that Joop smuggled from prison to his family. Or check out the original typewriter on which Coba typed out the strike call.
Even now people stand up against injustice. The exhibition also features the story of Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh. “We hope that there will be a lot of international attention for her situation, which can help her,” says Liesbeth van der Horst, director of the Amsterdam Resistance Museum. Nasrin has previously been temporarily released thanks to pressure from Amnesty International, which stands up for political prisoners around the world. You can support her in her fight for human rights in Iran through social media under #FreeNasrin.
Now that the museum is closed, ‘Be Courageous!’ can be experienced online as a VR experience. View it on the desktop or tablet for the best museum experience. The exhibition is in English, Dutch and Dutch sign language. There is also a podcast with stories about the strike, made in collaboration with Het Parool Newspaper.
Be Courageous !, until July 30, 2021
Resistance Museum Amsterdam, Plantage Kerklaan 61