1945

The liberation of Otterlo

Part of: War years

After a fierce battle for Otterlo near the entrance to the park, the museum is liberated by Canadian soldiers on 15 April 1945. Sam van Deventer is suspended due to his ties with the occupying forces. Willy Auping is appointed curator and acting director of the Rijksmuseum Kröller-Müller.

Liberation by Canadian soldiers

Nurses from the emergency hospital in the Rijksmuseum Kröller-Müller, cheer to the first arriving Canadian troops, 15 April 1945

Nurses from the emergency hospital in the Rijksmuseum Kröller-Müller, cheer to the first arriving Canadian troops, 15 April 1945

Suspension of Van Deventer

Patients move to Arnhem