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Commemorative Material from Putten, Netherlands
In 2015 a visitor came to Stroud from the Netherlands bringing with them the story of this generosity of spirit and the compassion shown by the people of Stroud to his ancestors.
In October 1944 Putten in the Netherlands was the scene of one of the biggest Nazi raids to be held in the country during World War II. The raids were a retaliatory measure for an attack by the local resistance that killed one Wehrmacht officer near Nijkerk.
On 1 & 2 October, 661 men and boys, the majority of the male population, were deported from the town and 602 of them were sent to work in concentration camps such as Neuengamme and Birkenau.
540 of them died in concentration camps and only 49 survived to return after the war. Following the war, two of the responsible German officers were tried and convicted for this action.
It seems that the people of Stroud heard of the plight of the widows and orphans of Putten, and set out to try to help them. A fund was set up and money was raised for the town. In gratitude, the people of Putten named their Community Centre and Theatre 'Stroud'.
Carl Mooijman came to Stroud in 2015 bearing the spoon (pictured) and the associated literature which he hoped to pass on to someone who remembered the collection being made, or even better, someone who was involved in the fundraising.
Unfortunately, despite best efforts by Carl and Stroud Town Council it has not been possible to find such a person. The Museum is delighted to have been donated these items for us to preserve, along with the story for future generations.
The Putten spoon and other material will be on display at the Museum until the end of March.
Museum work showcased
Some of the Museum's work has recently featured in two national reports.
Museum Collections Inspire New Book
A new picture book inspired by the Museum Collections is to be launched at Stroud Book Festival on 4 November 2017.
Certaine Wytches: Fear, Myth and Magic
Work by tapestry artist Anne Jackson exploring 'witchcraft' comes to the Museum in the Park.
Museum retains national quality mark
The Museum in the Park retains official tourist board's quality assurance mark
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