The exhibition Nach Holland shows over 150 of these photos, some of which have never before been exhibited. These photos? give a unique insight into the five days of war in May 1940. The German soldiers photograph their day-to-day lives and themselves in macho poses, but also prisoners of war, destructions, contact with Dutch citizens and the fighting.

Quotes and photo albums

There are surprising pictures of German troops entering the Netherlands on horseback or bicycles and German soldiers who cheerfully pose with Dutch prisoners of war. But also photos of fallen Dutch soldiers and the bombing of Rotterdam are captured for posterity. The photos are exhibited side by side with quotes from German soldiers and their photo albums. This paints a remarkable picture of the days of May 1940 through German eyes.

The photos are from the collection of Gerard Groeneveld. The content is based on the book Nach Holland. De meidagen van 1940 door Duitse ogen by Gerard Groeneveld (2018).