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New footage found in the aftermath of the 1940 Rotterdam bombing

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Before unreleased footage It displays a unique image of the aftermath of the Rotterdam bombing on May 14, 1940.

The 8mm film was discovered in the archives left by filmmaker Joop Stolk, who died in 1995. A member of the Rotterdam film-making collective, his Stolk continued to make films during the war, but eventually hid from the Nazis in Heerenveen.

The film in question was probably not made by Stork, but was found in his possession, Bus Romain, who specializes in digitizing old films, told the station. NOS.

“It must have been filmed shortly after the bomb hit the center, as you can see smoke rising from the rubble,” said Loumazin. I think it must have been filmed on Sunday because we are doing our best.”

A five-minute film handed over to the Rotterdam City Archives shows the devastation of several parts of the city centre.

“What caught my attention was its ‘disaster tourism’ aspect and how people were wandering around idly. They look completely baffled,” Romayin said.

Rotterdam was bombed by the Luftwaffe four days after the German invasion. The center was left in complete disrepair, over 1,000 people were killed, and the Dutch government was forced to surrender the next day, on 15 May.

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