May 4th commemoration

Flag at half mast at Utrecht University Hall

On May 4, as every year, Utrecht University commemorates the members of the university community who died in the period of war and occupation 1940-1945. This year we do not commemorate collectively, but individually and from home. Nevertheless, we would like to share a moment of silence with you at this commemoration today.

Vice President Margot van der Starre and president of the student section of the University Council Marijn Baars have gathered at an appropriate distance at the memorial monument in the University Hall to lay the wreath and send a short message to you. Watch the videos below.

'Freedom is anything but self-evident'

Margot van der Starre (Vice President)

'Today, we stand side by side'

Marijn Baars (President of Student University Council)

We hope that, within the bounds of possibility, you will find the time and peace to reflect on the commemoration on May 4 and to celebrate the freedom, which we may now feel a little less, tomorrow on May 5. We hope to see you soon.

Laying flowers virtually at monuments

The National Committee 4 and 5 May has provided an alternative for laying flowers at monuments on Remembrance Day and Liberation Day. The Dutch can digitally lay a flower at one of the 3,900 war memorials in the country. Our monument in the University Hall is included as well. You can lay a virtual flower via the link below.

4 May lecture by Ellen Deckwitz

This year the Studium Generale 4 May lecture (in Dutch) will be held by poet and columnist Ellen Deckwitz. She will speak about memory, silence and the powerlessness of language. Students can join this lecture physically. Follow this link to register. There is a live stream for everyone else.