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.
Considering this role as a guardian of peace and justice, it is remarkable that The Hague, compared to other Dutch cities, was sincerely affected during the Second World War. Located on a crucial strategic point at the North Sea and close to London and Germany, the city was largely destroyed by both the occupier and the 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 the number of people who remember the horrors of the Second World War is decreasing, the bunkers in The Hague and the dunes of Scheveningen are becoming increasingly important as a historical monument and memorial. Though they are equally important as a physical link between war and peace in general, and The Hague and its mission.
The museum is a place where one can learn, discover and reflect. A wide audience, whether attracted to the dunes and their flora and fauna, the history of the location, artistic activities or engagement, will give thought to the situation in our world.
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 the Museum Rotterdam '40 -'45 NOW to strengthen each others museological position.