What to see
In the former Service Apartments and various cells, the permanent exhibition about the Oranjehotel is now on display. Here we tell about the prison life and prison system, but also about the occupation, the resistance, the disruption within families and the post-war dealing with the past. An animation film shows the daily life of 24 hours in the Oranjehotel. Impressive prisoner stories are illustrated through documents, photos, interviews and films. In a (free) audio tour you will also hear personal stories, based on letters, diaries and memoirs.
At the heart of the complex is Cell 601, one of the death cells on the D corridor. Those sentenced to death spent their last night here. Since the end of the war, Cell 601, and its inventory, has been preserved in its original state. The walls show the original inscriptions of the prisoners.
During the Second World War, the small gate and the adjacent large gate on the Van Alkemadelaan gave access to the Oranjehotel. Prisoners sentenced to death left the Oranjehotel via the small gate. More than 250 people were executed from this prison on the nearby Waalsdorpervlakte. On the outside wall is a plaque with a line of verse by former prisoner Anthonie Donker: 'Remember their last passage through this gate. Given their lives for freedom and for justice. Continue their struggle '. On September 6, 2019, the National Monument Oranjehotel was opened by King Willem-Alexander by leaving the large gate ajar. From now on, there is always a view from the outside in, and from the inside out.
Relief 'They were united'
At the entrance of the complex is a relief of Albert Termote, which was unveiled by Queen Juliana in 1950. The sculpture shows the togetherness of the prisoners. It depicts a group of chained prisoners around an Orange tree and surrounded by barbed wire. Below are the text 'They were united' and '1940-1945'.