Versteeg's Children

“Versteeg's Children should now go to bed.”

This was the secret code sent to the NS management board to confirm that the call to strike through Radio Orange of 17 September 1944 was authentic. The code meant that railway employees had to go on strike immediately, by order of the Dutch government in London. ‘Versteeg’ was one of the false names used by NS President Willem Hupkes, and his ‘children’ were the railway employees. Why was NS required to call a strike, what happened during the strike and what events preceded it? Discover the collection of the Railway Museum and stories about NS during the Second World War.

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Table of contents: Railway Museum
Design: Jasper van Goor
Construction: Brandwacht en Meijer
Console: Kiss the Frog
Website: BIC Multimedia
Technology: Mudware
Photography: MilleCose – Femke Lockefeer
English translation: Metamorfose Vertalingen
Partners: Bankgiro Loterij, Vrienden van het Spoorwegmuseum, NS, ProRail

The Railway Museum would like to thank the following institutions and people for their contributions:
WO2-NIOD Image Base, Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision, Roermond Municipal Archives, Hobbe de Bruyn, Bloemendaal Memorial Park, Anneke van Heemstra, Piet Heerema, Camp Westerbork Museum, A. van Herk, Utrecht Municipal Archives, International Institute of Social History, Jewish Cultural Quarter, National Archives of the Netherlands, Netherlands Fotomuseum, NS, Bert Leeters, Victor Lanskink, Josie Lodema, Reinjan Mulder, Thom van Neck, Marianne Plijnaar, Spaarnestad Photo, Resistance Museum Amsterdam, Guus Veenendaal, Gerard Volmer, Wbooks, Yad Vashem.

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