It can be hard to find out what happened to your family in World War II, since it was often not talked about. Here are some resources that may help you.
The newspaper website Delpher has many digitized newspapers from World War II and afterward. Some things to look for:
- Names of your ancestors during the war
- Names of your ancestors after the war, for example to see if they were tried for collaboration.
- Articles about what was going on in the town where they lived, for example bombings, strikes.
The website of the Oorlogsgravenstichting [War Graves Foundation] has an overview of all war graves in the Netherlands.
Prisoners at the Oranjehotel
During World War II, 26,000 people were inprisoned at the Oranjehotel [Orange Hotel] in Scheveningen. An index with links to a memorial book is available at the GahetNA website.
Central Archives for Special Jurisdiction
After World War II, the Court for Special Jurisdiction tried everybody who was suspected of collaboration. Their archives are kept at the National Archives in The Hague. The article Finding collaborators in World War II gives more information about these records and how to use them.
Domestic Armed Forces [Binnenlandsche Strijdkrachten]
The largest resistance group during World War II was the Binnenlandsche Strijdkrachten. Their files are kept at the National Archives in The Hague. Files can only be accessed with permission of the person involved, or with proof of death. You will have to contact the National Archives first.