Deze animatie is gemaakt voor de Eerste Wereldoorlog begraafplaats ‘Het Vredenhof’ op Schiermonnikoog. Vanuit EersteWereldoorlog.nu werd ons gevraagd om een van de Eerste Wereldoorlog monumenten te kiezen en met animatie het verhaal van dat monument te vertellen, ter eren van het 100ste jaar na de Eerste Wereldoorlog.
De animatie was onderdeel van de expositie ‘Monumentale verhalen’ in Huis Doorn en is daarna overgenomen in een tweede expositie ‘Spanning aan de grens’ in Museum Veenendaal.
De animatie ‘het Vredenhof’ is gemaakt in samenwerking met Kimberley Rochat
‘Het Vredenhof’: passed the surf they stayed
This animation was made for the World War 1 cemetery ‘Het Vredenhof’ on a small Dutch peninsula called Schiermonnikoog. Because it was the 100th year after the end of World War 1 we got the commission to choose a Dutch World War 1 monument and retell its story through animation.
The animation was part of the exhibition “Monumentale verhalen” in Huis Doorn (a castle where the last German emperor fled to at the end of World War 1). After the first exposition, Museum Veenendaal adopted the works and the animation was shown for another half year in their exposition ‘Spanning aan de grens’.
The animation ‘Het Vredenhof’ was made in collaboration with Kimberley Rochat
Translation of the spoken text:
By the end of the first world war, drowned people regularly washed up on the shores of Schiermonnikoog. If they could be identified, they were buried on the local cemetery. Until one sunny day, a German marine soldier washed up on the beach. While transporting him to the cemetery, the body started to emanate such a bad odour, that people started to protest burying drowned people on the local cemetery. A few residents devised a solution: the making of a new cemetery. This was the birth of “het Vredenhof”, a cemetery for the victims of the sea. Almost all of the people washed ashore at Schiermonnikoog from World War 1 could not be identified. Part of the drowned German marine soldiers is believed to have died at the Battle of Schagerrak in May 1916, far away from the beach where they eventually washed ashore. The currents of the North Sea carried them to this final place. Except form a few, all victims buried at “het Vredenhof” from World war 1 are German marine soldiers.