Faithful unto death
Trouwgroep

The Trouwgroep was active in the resistance during the German occupation of the Netherlands (1940-1945). The group consisted primarily of members of the editorial staff and the distribution network of the illegal newspaper Trouw.

I considered it extremely suitable and appropriate to incorporate the aphorism ‘Faithful unto death’ (‘Trouw tot in den dood’ (with the archaic ‘n’ for ‘den’) in the pedestal for the Trouw Group. I found the aphorism on the first page of the illegal newspaper ‘Trouw’, second year, number 8, published end of August 1944, in the Trouw digital archive.

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‘Faithful unto death’, column, 80cm x 80cm x 40cm.

History

The Trouwgroep was active in the resistance during the German occupation of the Netherlands (1940-1945). The group consisted primarily of editorial staff members and the distribution network of the illegal newspaper Trouw.
“Hundreds of the resistance fighters who issued the illegal Trouw were captured and killed. In August 1944, 130 were captured all at once. The Germans issued an ultimatum that the Resistance had to stop producing this inflammatory piece of writing, otherwise the men would be executed by firing squad. Ultimately, the Trouw group decided not to give in to this threat. 23 men were executed in the SS-concentration camp in Vught.‘’ (01)

Artwork: You Are Here
Artist: Martijn Sandberg
Material: concrete
Measurements: (lxwxh) 80cm x 80cm x 40cm
Project: Legacy of the Twentieth Century
Realisation and completion: 2019
Location: Oranje Vrijstaatkade, Oostpoort, Amsterdam
Commissioned by: Amsterdam Municipality, District Oost