Plaque: Netherlands Government in exile
Ge zijt vrij!
Pieter Gerbrandy. Prime Minister of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
5 May 1945.
You are free!
From May 1940 until August 1945 the Netherlands Government found refuge here in Stratton House.
A Dutch colleague confirms that 'Ge zijt vrij' translates as 'You are free', but he points out that it is rather archaic; almost the equivalent of saying 'Thou art free' in English. In modern Dutch it would read 'U bent vrij'.
5 May 1945 is the date the German forces surrendered in the Netherlands.
Site: Netherlands Government in exile (1 memorial)
W1, Piccadilly, 79, Stratton House
We cannot find the date of erection of these plaques, but think they must have been there for many years; which makes it surprising that on a very public thoroughfare, they are so little known. 2013: we can find only two web reference: one English one Dutch.