De Blik van Willem Leijns / The Gaze of Willem Leijns

(a short video with commentary in dutch)

Managing clerk Willem Leijns worked on the 4th floor of the Industria Building, on the corner of the Dam square and Rokin. Being an avid amateur photographer he wanted to take photographs of the liberation of Amsterdam.
Instead he documented the chaos and panic after soldiers of the Kriegsmarine (German Navy) opened fire. Together with photographers Margreet van Konijnenburg and Wiel van der Randen Leijns had a bird’s eye perspective on what happened. His images are the best-known of the large number of photographs that were taken that day.

07:05:1945: Promotional Video

This promotional video was produced on behalf of Voordekunst crowdfunding for the 07:05:1945: art project. Visit the Voordekunst crowdfunding Website for more information:

07:05:1945: is supported by the Mondriaan Fund, the Amsterdam Fund for the Arts, The V-Fund, and the Stokroos Foundation.

07:05:1945: wordt ondersteund door het Mondriaan Fonds, het Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst, het V-Fonds, en Stichting Stokroos.