December 1942: Theft of bells from the Oude Kerk (Old Church) in Ede
At the start of the German occupation, little seemed to change for the Dutch population. But gradually, stricter measures were introduced. On 23 July 1942, for instance, the German Reich Commissioner for the Netherlands, issued a metals decree: all items made of copper, lead, tin and nickel could be claimed for the German war industry. And so, some 6700 church bells were confiscated.