06 April 2020
Liberation of The Netherlands 75th Anniversary — Born Free
Issued on: 2020-04-06
Printing: Offset lithography
Face value: €0.91 on day of issue.
The 75 years of freedom stamp sheet consists of 6 stamps in 2 designs. The first design contains a portrait of Jan van der Linden, born on May 5, 1945. The second design contains a portrait of the pregnant Yvette Hartman-Mercier in the same style. The birth of her son is expected on May 5, 2020. The 2 dates are on the stamps, with the mention ‘born in freedom’.
From PostNL press release dated 4 April 2020:
75 Years of Freedom On Stamps
The Hague, April 4, 2020 – It is 75 years ago this year that the Netherlands was liberated. On the occasion of this anniversary, PostNL is issuing the stamp sheet “75 years of freedom”.
Born in freedom
The 75 years of freedom stamp sheet consists of 6 stamps in 2 designs. The first design contains a portrait of Jan van der Linden, born on May 5, 1945. The second design contains a portrait of the pregnant Yvette Hartman-Mercier in the same style. The birth of her son is due on May 5, 2020. The 2 dates are on the stamps, with the mention “born in freedom”.
Commemoration and celebration
In 2019 and 2020, the Netherlands will commemorate the end of World War II 75 years ago. On May 4, we commemorate all victims – civilians and military personnel – who have been killed or murdered in the Kingdom of the Netherlands or anywhere in the world since the outbreak of World War II, in war situations and in peace operations. On May 5 we celebrate the liberation of the Netherlands in 1945 and that we have lived in freedom ever since.
The youngest and the oldest
The design of the stamp sheetlet 75 years of freedom is by Gijs van den Berg, creative director and partner of KesselsKramer in Amsterdam. The portraits were taken by photographer Bert Teunissen, also from Amsterdam. Teunissen photographed 76 people, 1 for each year of birth that has passed since the liberation on May 5, 1945. The oldest and the youngest are on the stamps.
The 76 years of birth since the liberation have been used as the overarching theme for this commemoration year: one lives for 75 years in freedom, the other 14, 57 or 39 years, and so on. Van den Berg: “The stories themselves can be read in the book published on the occasion of 75 years of freedom. A book about impressive people with a story, a story with a relationship with war and peace. From relatives of resistance fighters and Holocaust victims to refugees from war zones and military personnel who have been on a peace mission. ”
The 75 years of freedom stamp sheet consists of 6 stamps in 2 different designs with the value indication Nederland 1, intended for mail up to 20 grams with a destination within the Netherlands. The stamps will be available from April 4 at the post office in the Bruna stores and through the website. The stamps can also be ordered by telephone from the Collect Club customer service on telephone number 088 – 868 99 00. The period of validity is indefinite.