Stunning colourised footage of Rotterdam before WWII (video inside!)

This newly colourised footage of Rotterdam before the war offers a unique glimpse into the city’s former image. 

On May 14, 1940, the German bombing of Rotterdam left irreparable damage. The city we know today, with its bold, modern architecture, was almost completely rebuilt after the war.

This video shows remarkable colourised images of Rotterdam before the WWII bombing that forever changed the city.

The bombing lasted for 15 minutes, devastating the old city as it’s seen in these images. Nearly 1000 lives were lost, while another 80,000 were left homeless.

READ MORE | 7 unmissable movies about the Netherlands in WWII

After the war, with hardly a trace of the old city to be found, Rotterdam was rebuilt and became one of the most architecturally unique and modern cities in the Netherlands.

What do you think of these images of Rotterdam before the war? Tell us in the comments below!

Feature Image: Detroit Publishing Co./US Library of Congress
Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in December 2020, and was fully updated in March 2021 for your reading pleasure.

Brin Andrews
Brin Andrewshttp://brinandrews.com
Brin is an avid ice cream eater from the US, calling Amsterdam home since early 2019. As a lover of mountains, life below sea level has been a bit of an adjustment, but she manages to stay afloat with long runs, wine, and frequent travel. Incidentally, these are a few of her favourite topics to write about.

Liked it? Try these on for size:

What do you think?

2 COMMENTS

  1. I used to live in Rotterdam and know of the bombardement. It’s a shame it happened because personally I like the old Rotterdam better 😔

  2. I so like the pace of the life at that time….not so frenetic as modern day life…and what do we gain nowadays with the frenetic pace? not much….I have an ancestor buried in the St Laurenskerk in Rotterdam…Jan van Brakel. I visit when I can, and am grateful for his energy and contribution to the Netherlands. He helped win the 1667 anglo-dutch war, and sailed in the Dutch Trading companies in the West Indies, promoting trade for the Netherlands.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Related posts

Latest posts

The Dutch “fish doorbell” in Utrecht has been pressed over 32,000 times

Remember the fish doorbell that was launched in Oudegracht Utrecht last month? Turns out it a lot of people have had a go on...

How to get a Dutch mortgage as a Brit, freelancer, and more

Divorced? A freelancer? British? Not everyone has 10 years of payslips behind them. Here’s how you can get a mortgage in the Netherlands even...

Hiking in The Hague: 11 nature spots for the outdoor adventurer

Loving the busy city scene that comes with living in The Hague but looking for a wander in the great outdoors? Well, you’re in...

It's happening

X