City of Peace and Justice
Today, The Hague is known worldwide for his role as the international metropolis of Peace and Justice. Home of major international institutes like the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and the International Criminal Court (ICC). The Hague thus plays a significant role in today's peace policy worldwide.
Given this role as a guardian of peace and justice, it is remarkable that precisely Hague, compared to other Dutch cities was badly hit during the Second World War. Located at a strategic crossroads in the North Sea and close to London and Germany, the city was largely destroyed by both occupier and liberator.
Since the years of reconstruction, the city has made its contribution to a better world. During this time, however, the widely-scattered bunkers have been preserved, so that today, as war memories, they form a sharp contrast to the many institutes of peace.
Now there are fewer people who remember the horrors of World War II, the bunkers are in The Hague and the dunes of Scheveningen increasingly important as a historical monument. But just as important, they provide a physical link between war, peace and freedom in general, and The Hague and its mission.
Meer dan ooit is het belangrijk om stil te staan bij wat het betekent in vrijheid te leven. Het museum is een plek waar geleerd, ontdekt en gepeinst kan worden. Een breed publiek kan hier, of zij nu aangetrokken worden door de duinen en hun flora en fauna, de historie van de locatie, voor enkele momenten stil staan bij de situatie in onze wereld.
The Atlantikwall Museum Scheveningen foundation is part of the Network Atlantikwall Zuid-Holland. Commissioned by the province of Zuid-Holland and cooperating with municipalities, terrain managers, entrepreneurs and heritage organisations, this foundation strives to maintain and make the heritage line Atlantikwall tangible. The foundation has a special partnership with theMuseum Rotterdam '40 -'45 NOW to strengthen each others museological position.