What was it like to be a student in Wageningen during World War II when students everywhere were forced to sign a declaration of loyalty to the German occupiers?
Studium Generale and Theatre Production Getekend/ Marked Present: Students' Lives During World War II
As the WUR celebrates 100 years, we explore one of the most trying times in the history of the university and the nation as a whole! What was it like to be a student in Wageningen during World War II when the German forces invaded the Netherlands? University students everywhere were forced to sign a declaration of loyalty to the German occupiers. What dilemmas surrounded the decision to (not) sign this declaration and what were the consequences thereafter? What happened after afterwards and what was life like for those who signed or did not sign? Hear what students went through during this period! Bob Kernkamp (Wageningen City Archive) has sifted through the archives of CERES, Unitas and KSV. He sketches how the war impacted Wageningen and its inhabitants. What role did student organisations play in the context of occupation? Philippe Puylaert (WUR) shares excerpts from the letters his grandfather, Wageningen student Etienne Puylaert, sent to his family whilst forced to work in Germany. With unique photos, Ben Puylaert traces life in forced labour camps. Hear diary entries from Wageningen student Fons Crijns, whilst he laboured in various camps. Don't miss this opportunity to tour this gripping history in a monumental setting.
Limited Seating! (doors open at 19:15 seating on a first come first serve basis – no reservations possible)