The cross in the dunes


During the Battle of the Scheldt, civilians were condemned to death by a German court martial. You will find many penetrating images not previously available for research and as illustrations not previously published.

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Discover the moving story behind the concrete cross in the dunes of Zeeland in the book titled “The Cross in the Dunes.”

In 2022, Bosnia veteran Colin Bal undertook a special cycling tour of monuments in Zeeland to draw attention to the war past, and came across an imposing but neglected cross. What began as a personal mission to restore the cross grew into a moving story with unexpected twists and turns.

This compact and accessible book contains a wealth of new material, including documents, photographs, stories, and reveals facts that did not all fit into the film. It offers an in-depth look at the wartime history surrounding the fusillades at the site of the cross, with a special focus on the remarkable memorial culture that grew out of it.

For the relatives of the executed men, this book has special meaning. They offered valuable footage and personal stories that were previously unavailable for research. The illustrations, never before published, shed new light on a crucial piece of history.

“The Cross in the Dunes” offers not only a tribute to those who lost their lives during one of the first military summary executions of civilians in the Netherlands, but also brings to life the power of remembrance and community involvement. This book and the accompanying documentary promise an unforgettable journey through history, where past and present come together in a place steeped in meaning.


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550 gram


21 × 21 × 1 cm




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