Monday, June 22, 2009


This carving is found in the Onze Lieve Vrouwe Church in Breda, the Netherlands.

Many Polish soldiers were involved in the liberation of the (Southern) Netherlands from Nazi Germany (1944-45) and a good number of them got acquainted with the local girls. Many of them married and stayed in the Netherlands.

This carving depicts a Polish soldier on his motorbike with his Dutch girlfriend leaning into him on the back seat, both wearing an (army) beret.

At first the clergy denounced artwork like this, as being too sinful and profane, but love overcame in the end, as it should.

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