The Anonymous Widower

The Kunstzaal Kleizkamp Raid

In the post on the Mosquito, I mentioned the raid on the Kunstzaal Kleizkamp Art Gallery in the Hague, which was being used to store the Dutch population records.

Whilst in Holland, I had some time to myself in The Hague so I tried to find out where it was.  Using Google from my laptop, I found this Dutch article in Wikipedia.  The reason I’d not been able to find this before was that the article is only in Dutch and Kleizkamp is spelt differently in that language, as Kleykamp. There does not appear to be any trace left of the gallery opposite the Peace Palace, which is one of The Hague’s most famous buildings.

The Peace Palace, The Hague

The Peace Palace, The Hague

The article says that the gallery was a white house opposite the palace.

All that is there now is an anonymous office block.

NICB Bank, The Hague

NICB Bank, The Hague

If you translate the Dutch articles, there was a certain amount of controversy about the raid.  Some said it should be done earlier and around sixty, mainly women, died when the building was bombed.  But it would appear that the RAF didn’t have the capability to do the raid before and that it was preferred to do the raid on a working day, when the filing cabinets were open.

October 16, 2009 - Posted by | World | , ,


  1. I suspect the reason you couln’t find it is because it was totally destroyed in the bombing raid!

    It was on the other side of Scheveningseweg from the Peace Palace, near the junction with Laan Copes van Cattenburgh.

    Details of the building can be found at:

    Comment by john cole | March 21, 2010 | Reply

  2. That’s where the office block sits!

    Comment by AnonW | March 21, 2010 | Reply

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