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The never-ending rebuilding of Rotterdam [Explore - May 14, 2014] | by John Riper
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The never-ending rebuilding of Rotterdam [Explore - May 14, 2014]

In memory of 14 May 1940.


It was the day of the aerial bombardment of Rotterdam by the Luftwaffe (German air force) during the German invasion of the Netherlands in World War II. The objective was to support the German troops fighting in the city, break Dutch resistance and force the Dutch to surrender. The bombardment and fires caused by it destroyed almost the entire historic city centre, killing nearly eight hundred civilians and leaving 80,000 people homeless.


Op 14 mei 1940 rond 13.30 uur voerden de Duitsers in het kader van de Duitse aanval op Nederland in 1940 een bombardement op Rotterdam uit. Het bombardement van een kwartier vernietigde, mede door de branden die ontstonden, bijna de gehele historische binnenstad. Ongeveer 800 mensen kwamen om en ongeveer 80 000 werden dakloos.


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Taken on October 13, 2007