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Dutch Resistance Museum

On the last day of our trip, I was nearing my breaking point. My feet were covered in blisters, I was incredibly sleep deprived, and I just really wanted some Chick-fil-A, so I was a bit cranky. My slightly negative attitude changed very quickly as we entered the Dutch Resistance Museum. I was spellbound by everything our amazing tour guide had to say (I would definitely recommend getting him!). When talking about World War II and the Holocaust, most people tend to forget that there were people who fought against the Nazis in their home towns. This “resistance” ranged from naming children after the Dutch royal family to show their loyalty, to the Red-Headed Woman who killed Nazis. It was incredible to see the lengths that people went to fight for what they believed in. They knew that what the Nazis were doing was wrong and were willing to risks their lives to save the Jews around them from being deported. Nursery workers would smuggle children out to safe homes to save them from their inevitable deaths in the extermination camps by hiding them under their shirts or in laundry baskets. It was also very interesting to me to see so many contributions to the resistance from women. Typically, when thinking about World War II, one would think about the soldiers, not so much the women who were left behind. These women worked their hardest to save every life that they could. Many died for their efforts and left behind incredible legacies. Should another situation like this arise, though I pray it never will, I hope that I may be as brave and compassionate and fight for what is right, no matter what.