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
The building’s listed so we have the erection date: 1929. 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.