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Cold War

Casemate at Arnhem, part of the IJssel Line © MartinD/Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0


Number of interviews: 31

During the Cold War, there was a threat of land invasion from the East. In Gelderland, the hostility between East (Soviet Union) and West (United States) left impressions. Witnesses tell about this special period (1945-1989) in oral history interviews.

The special, which ties in with the theme of the Erfgoedfestival 2020, contains stories that were recorded by the Werkgroep Oral History Gelderland.

Also included are stories from the municipality of Arnhem’s project on the Defensiehaven. The Defensiehaven was part of the IJssellinie: a defensive structure that was kept secret as much as possible until it was dismantled in the 1960s and beyond.