War Memorial IJsselmonde (1949) Piet van den Eijnde
On 4 in May 1949 a monument was unveiled in IJsselmonde to commemorate the occupation and the liberation. The Haarlem sculptor Piet van den Eijnde designed a standing female figure, who with his left hand suppresses a male figure symbolizing evil. The woman's right arm carries a bird in the raised hand, representing the flight to liberation. The limestone statue is placed on a concrete column. On the pedestal the words are written: "Then dedicate the depth of your memory to those who gave everything for your freedom." In 2003, two marble plaques have been placed in front of the monument. One for the victims of the Second World War and one for the victims of the war in the Dutch East Indies. Originally the memorial was on Bovenstraat, but in 1968 the monument has been moved to Cranendonckweg. Following a spatial redesign of the center of Oud-IJsselmonde, the monument in 2009 has been given a new place on the Kasteelweg in front of the Adriaen Janszkerk. Due to relocations and updating, the monument of significance has shifted to commemoration of war violence, discrimination and racial hatred. For more information: www.4 and 5mei.nl.
Piet van den Eijnde (Sassenheim, 1896 - Haarlem, 1978) studied at the School of Applied Arts in Haarlem. He was a sculptor and draftsman, specialized in portraits and figure shows. Piet van den Eijnde is the cousin of sculptor Hendrik van den Eijnde (1869-1939), who was a sculptor of the Government Buildings Agency from 1917 to 1923.