This exhibition tells the story of 6700 tolling bells stolen from Dutch belfries in 1942/1943.
75 years: Stories to remember…. Visit the exciting new exhibition, Plundered Bells, in the Museum Klok & Peel in Asten. Many saw the theft of the bells as a symbol of the mixed feelings of sadness and joy experienced by the inhabitants of the Peel and the Netherlands during and after the Second World War.
The Plundered Bells exhibition tells the story of 6700 tolling bells stolen from Dutch belfries in 1942/1943. That is 75 years ago. The German occupier used the bells as raw materials for the weapons industry.
The plunder was felt as an extremely painful and personal loss. The tolling bells played a far more important role in city and village life in the Netherlands and Belgium than they do today.The case is made even clearer by stressing the effects of the plunder on the Peel communities.
There was great celebration when it was found that some bells had survived the occupation. These were ceremoniously paraded back to their towers. The deathly silence was replaced by joy and music. The theft changed the life of the nation. Something we should never forget.
The exhibition is bilingual and therefore suitable for foreign tourists, veterans and emigrants who went to the US and Canada after the war.