The Guard (1947) Louis van Roode
One of the first independent assignments that artist Louis van Roode received was the making of a monument to the memory of three young editors of the illegal magazine 'The Guard', who were shot by German soldiers on 8 in March 1945 on the Waaldorp Vlakte. The names and birth dates of Wim Hartman, Han Oudwater and Geurt Bosch are on the freestone column. The upper part of the column shows a mask that expresses the spirit of the resistance and resignation to death. Two hands rise from the column and crush a swastika. The column stands on a mosaic floor with an image of the Dutch Lion and underneath the words: 'Fallen for freedom'. Monument The Guard was on 5 January 1947 the first memorial that was unveiled for fallen Rotterdam resistance fighters by Mayor Oud at the Crooswijk General Cemetery. The monument was marked with a speech of mr. FJ Kranenburg on behalf of the former magazine 'De Wacht' transferred to the municipality.
The Rotterdam artist Louis van Roode (Delft, 1914 - Rotterdam, 1964) worked a lot for the new architecture during the Reconstruction period. He produced many murals and mosaics that adorned modern architecture, but which also told a story about nature, culture, people and the cosmos. Major works by his hand have been preserved in Rotterdam, but also in Vlissingen, Eindhoven and The Hague. He can rightly be called one of the greatest wall artists of his time.