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Cas Oorthuys, resistance photographer

An overview of the work that the Dutch photographer and resistance fighter Cas Oorthuys (1908-1975) made during the Second World War in the Netherlands and Indonesia on the eve of independence. The exhibition reveals the personal story of a resistance photographer who risked his life to document the circumstances.

Cas Oorthuys, resistance photographer

Dates
Tue 5 Dec10:00 - 17:00
Wed 6 Dec10:00 - 17:00
Thu 7 Dec10:00 - 17:00
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Location
Verzetsmuseum Amsterdam
Plantage Kerklaan 61
1018 CX Amsterdam
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Legal and illegal

During the occupation, Cas Oorthuys took hundreds of photos that captured the reality of the war. Although photography was allowed in the occupied Netherlands until November 1944, there were restrictions on photographing military-strategic locations and subjects. He works both legally on assignment and illegally to record resistance activities. Even after the general photography ban in 1944, he continued to take photographs. He joins the illegal group The Hidden Camera and documents, among other things, the harrowing Hunger Winter.

Personal life

The exhibition discusses in detail the personal development that Oorthuys, also as a father and husband, underwent during this turbulent period. Based on recent historical research, the exhibition also highlights remarkable historical facts and insights, such as Oorthuys' friendship with Nico de Haas, who suddenly joined the NSB in 1936 and, in 1941, included his photos unsolicited in the Nazi magazine Hamer èn most likely ensured the release of Oorthuys from Camp Amersfoort in 1944.

Travel to Germany and Indonesia

Oorthuys travels to Germany in 1946 and photographs destroyed cities and the Nuremberg Trials, where he is shocked by the indifference of the leaders of the Nazi regime who are on trial there, including Arthur Seyss-Inquart, Reichskommissar of the Netherlands during the occupation.

In 1947, he visited Indonesia to document the population and political situation. He attends the negotiations in Linggadjati, where the Netherlands recognizes the Republic. Convinced that the Netherlands would grant Indonesia independence, Oorthuys published the photo book A State in the Making after his return. But shortly after the book was published, in 1947, to his dismay, the Netherlands began major military operations to restore colonial authority.

Impressive and penetrating

Cas Oorthuys is an icon of Dutch photography. The impressive photos in the exhibition Cas Oorthuys, resistance photographer show the grim reality of the war and testify to his determination and humanity. They bring the events and human suffering of that time to life in a compelling way.

Dates and times

Tuesday 5 December10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 6 December10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 7 December10:00 - 17:00

Cas Oorthuys, resistance photographer

Dates
Tue 5 Dec10:00 - 17:00
Wed 6 Dec10:00 - 17:00
Thu 7 Dec10:00 - 17:00
More dates
Location
Verzetsmuseum Amsterdam
Plantage Kerklaan 61
1018 CX Amsterdam
show in Google Maps
Discount offers
1+1 gratis
Show your unique QR code at the box office and receive a second free ticket when you visit Resistance Museum. Sign up on the promotion page to receive your QR code.
Valid until 1-12-2023
More information