Network of War Collections

The Network of War Collections (Dutch 22: Netwerk Oorlogsbronnen, NOB) is a partnership of over 250 archival institutions, museums, remembrance centers and libraries in the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the former Dutch colonial empire, and internationally to bring together scattered collections of resources pertaining to World War II. The network is financed by the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport[1] and receives a contribution from the National Fund for Peace, Freedom and Veteran Care.[2][3]

The c. 12 million sources of information accumulated by the NOB include artifacts, original photographs, diaries, newspaper articles, films, letters, brochures, and posters, which are sorted into themes of resistance, captivity, collaboration, life under German and Japanese occupations, liberation, warfare, international events, The Holocaust and persecution, the lead-up to and aftermath of WWII, and the Indonesian War of Independence.[3]

Facilitated by the NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies, the digital archive Oorlogsbronnen (English: War Collections) of the Network of War Collections was launched on 10 November 2011.[4] The website uses search technology developed by the Utrecht-based Spinque[5] and is designed by DOOR (IN10) from Rotterdam.[6][3]

Notable partners

A selection of organizations who have partnered with the Network of War Collections[7] are:


  1. ^ "Voorlichting en onderwijs over de Tweede Wereldoorlog" (in Dutch). Government of the Netherlands. Retrieved 18 August 2022.
  2. ^ "Miljoenen bronnen uit de Tweede Wereldoorlog nu op een website" (in Dutch). vfonds. 5 December 2021. Retrieved 18 August 2022.
  3. ^ a b c "Over Oorlogsbronnen" (in Dutch). Network of War Collections. 15 October 2021. Retrieved 18 August 2022.
  4. ^ "NIOD lanceert zoeksite". Het Parool (in Dutch). 10 November 2011. Retrieved 18 August 2022.
  5. ^ "Making the network of WWII collections searchable". Retrieved 18 August 2022.
  6. ^ "Bringing World War Two to life". Retrieved 18 August 2022.
  7. ^ "Organisaties" (in Dutch). Network of War Collections. Retrieved 18 August 2022.

External links

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Netwerk Oorlogsbronnen.
  • Official website (in Dutch)
  • NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies