Remembering the bombing of Rotterdam
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Remembering the bombing of Rotterdam

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The Rotterdam Blitz refers to the aerial bombardment of Rotterdam by the German Air Force on 14 May 1940, during the German invasion of the Netherlands in World War II. The objective was to support the German troops fighting in the city, break Dutch resistance and force the Dutch to surrender. Even though negotiations were successful, failing communications on the German side caused the unnecessary bombardment of much of the city centre.

Lights along the fire line memorialize the bombing of Rotterdam, as this picture shows...

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Panorama's in de omgeving van Rotterdam


A: Rotterdam City Racing

door C360.NL - Henri Smeets, 180 hier vandaan

Formula one cars and other fast cars racing through the city of Rotterdam during the Bavaria City Rac...

Rotterdam City Racing

B: Willemsbrug Rotterdam

door - Roelof de Vries, 180 hier vandaan

This panorama shows the Willemsbrug in Rotterdam, The Netherlands during Sunset.

Willemsbrug Rotterdam

C: Cube Houses

door Gary Quigg, 200 hier vandaan

A series of 32 cube-shaped houses designed by Piet Blom and built in 1984. The tilted-cube-on-a-pole ...

Cube Houses

D: Paalwoningen

door Marcel wagenaar, 200 hier vandaan


E: Cube Houses Rotterdam

door Viktor Zavrazhnov, 230 hier vandaan

Kubuswoningen, or cube houses, are a set of innovative houses built in Rotterdam and Helmond in The N...

Cube Houses Rotterdam

F: Rotterdam Cityracing Willemsbrug II

door C360.NL - Henri Smeets, 260 hier vandaan

A great view of the racing cars parading along the track showing the spectators their tricks. Rotterd...

Rotterdam Cityracing Willemsbrug II

G: On top of the Red Apple

door - Roelof de Vries, 290 hier vandaan

This panorama is shot on top of the Red Apple in Rotterdam at 9pm and shows the view over the city du...

On top of the Red Apple

H: Flying above the Binnenrotte, Rotterdam

door - Roelof de Vries, 310 hier vandaan

Flying at an altitude of 180ft above the Binnenrotte, Rotterdam

Flying above the Binnenrotte, Rotterdam

I: archeology in Rotterdam

door - Roelof de Vries, 360 hier vandaan

This scene is all about archeology. Right before the start of the construction of the Rotterdam Marke...

archeology in Rotterdam

J: Markthal Sphere

door Marcel Wagenaar Panoramafotografie Rotterdam, 370 hier vandaan

Markthal Sphere

Dit panorama is genomen in Rotterdam, Europe

Dit is een overzicht van Europe

Europe is generally agreed to be the birthplace of western culture, including such legendary innovations as the democratic nation-state, football and tomato sauce.

The word Europe comes from the Greek goddess Europa, who was kidnapped by Zeus and plunked down on the island of Crete. Europa gradually changed from referring to mainland Greece until it extended finally to include Norway and Russia.

Don't be confused that Europe is called a continent without looking like an island, the way the other continents do. It's okay. The Ural mountains have steadily been there to divide Europe from Asia for the last 250 million years. Russia technically inhabits "Eurasia".

Europe is presently uniting into one political and economic zone with a common currency called the Euro. The European Union originated in 1993 and is now composed of 27 member states. Its headquarters is in Brussels, Belgium.

Do not confuse the EU with the Council of Europe, which has 47 member states and dates to 1949. These two bodies share the same flag, national anthem, and mission of integrating Europe. The headquarters of the Council are located in Strasbourg, France, and it is most famous for its European Court of Human Rights.

In spite of these two bodies, there is still no single Constitution or set of laws applying to all the countries of Europe. Debate rages over the role of the EU in regards to national sovereignty. As of January 2009, the Lisbon Treaty is the closest thing to a European Constitution, yet it has not been approved by all the EU states. 

Text by Steve Smith.

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