‘Holland – Rotterdam – Canal’
The stereoview shows one of the tree-lined canals in the centre of Rotterdam. Architecturally similar to Amsterdam and Antwerp, with numerous Flemish Baroque townhouses, the centre of Rotterdam was almost totally destroyed on 14 May 1940 in a German air-raid. Used as a strong-arm tactic to try and force the Dutch troops to capitulate, the Rotterdam Blitz killed over 900 civilians and made anywhere between 30,000 and 80,000 people homeless. Such was the ‘success’ of the raid that the Germans then threatened to destroy the ancient city of Utrecht in a similar manner. Following the threat the Dutch government had little choice but to capitulate. After the war the city was rebuilt in a Modernist style. Unfortunately pre-war stereoviews of Rotterdam are as rare as hen’s teeth.