Sunday 17 October 2021

Rare film footage shows Rotterdam before the bombardment

A collection of some 30 family films made in Rotterdam in the 1920s and 1930s have been handed over to the city’s archive after being rediscovered in an attic.

The films were made by notary Gotthard Pieter Spool and show his family visiting the zoo and out and about in Rotterdam. Experts say they offer a rare glimpse of Rotterdam before much of it was destroyed in the German bombardment of 1940.

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