Oranjehotel

Prison for resistance fighters

Inside the walls of Scheveningen prison is a building nicknamed the ‘Oranjehotel’ (‘Orange hotel’). During World War II, it was used to imprison Dutch people caught actively resisting the Nazi occupation. Most of them spent only a short time there. They were either freed or moved elsewhere to serve their sentences. And some were executed in the dunes, at the Waalsdorpervlakte. Around 25,000 people from all over the Netherlands spent time in the Oranjehotel. The building is not open to the public but there is a memorial plaque let into the prison wall. In the same wall you can see a small gateway with a green door. Through it, more than two hundred prisoners were taken out to be executed.