Liberation Route Audio spot - a ray of hope
In Haelen, listen to the story of the comings and goings of German soldiers. The Wessem-Nederweert canal formed part of the front line at the end of October 1944. Oberst Harry Hermann has his command post in Heythuysen and his 'Parapluus', German Fallschirmjäger seek shelter at Kloosterhof and the St.Elisabeth convent. Some behave roughly and appropriate everything, others behave well and seek contact with the nuns and fathers...
Monument of Tolerance
The Monument of Tolerance was unveiled on March 8, 2001 as a reminder of the 1940-1945 war years. In the period 1940-1945, 687 soldiers of 11 nationalities lost their lives in the Leudal area. In the heart of the monument a CD-ROM is placed where the information is recorded.
In the Leudal Museum, visitors get an impression of the Second World War in the Leudal area on the basis of maps and objects. The exhibition is organized around four themes:
-The German invasion on May 10, 1940
-The air war
-The forms of resistance in the war years
-The front period and liberation (1944 – 1945)
Monument in the former Partisan camp
The monument at the former Partisan Camp reminds residents of Baarlo (municipality of Peel and Maas) of partisan life in the Baarlo woods during the last months of the occupation. The stone stands near the so-called 'Lookout Tree'.
War and Peace Memorial Kessel
The statue on the column symbolises two birds, one dying, with its head pointing downwards, and one victorious, trying to break free from the earth. On the pedestal is the text: "stand still for a moment" plus the names of the 17 people of Kessel who died during or in the aftermath of the Second World War.
Liberation Route Audio spot - Drama on the Maas
In Beesel alongside the Liberation cycling route you can listen to the story of the ferry accident in Kessel. On 11 November 1944, a ferry accident takes place in Kessel. Seven Belfelden people are forced by German soldiers to cross with the ferry. The ferryman refused to cooperate: the ferry was incorrectly loaded, flooded and heavily overloaded. But order is order. The ferry capsizes and sinks. Man and horse drown in River Meuse.
This monument, located in Reuver, is an expression of gratitude from the more than one hundred German-Jewish refugees for the help and hospitality offered by the Dominican sisters during their stay between December 1938 and the end of August 1939.