Today The Hague is known worldwide for her role as the international city of Justice and Peace. The city is home to se-veral important institutions such as the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the International Criminal Tribune for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and more recently the International Criminal Court. The Hague clearly fulfils an important role in current global peace politics.
Given her current status, it is worth noting that more so than any other Dutch city it was actually The Hague that bore the brunt of WWII and where the impact of war became most apparent. Owing to her strategic coastal position along the North Sea, being in close proximity to both London and Germany, invader and liberator alike largely destroyed the city.
Since her rebuilding, the city has done much to support a better world. All this time the bunkers proliferating her cityscape have remained intact. As tangible memories of a world at war, the bunkers are in sharp contrast to the peace institutions based in The Hague today.
As those with personal recollections of the hardships of the Second World War (WWII) are ever diminishing in number, the
bunkers of The Hague and those in the adjoining dunes in Scheveningen become increasingly important as historical monu-
ments and places of remembrance. Moreover, they now form a perceptible bridge between war and peace in general, re-
flecting in this way The Hague and her mission of cultivating global peace and justice.
A bunker devoted to peace, as a place for education, discovery and reflection, will invite special attention to the wrongs
and injustices of our world. Whether attracted by the flora and fauna of the dunes, the local history or by visiting cultural activities, a wide public will in this way experience a few quiet moments in which to reflect on our world today.