An ultra-modern pool

The children from Bezuidenhout had their first swimming lessons at the ultra-modern swimming pool called ‘Bosbad’ in this street. After the war the swimming pool never returned to the neighbourhood.

An ultra-modern swimmingpool

During the war this was part of of the Amalia van Solmsstraat which continued to the South connecting with the Schenkkade. Till 1936, before the swimming pool was built, at this location a primary school was located.The primary school was popularly known as the 'Prince's school', named after its headmaster.

The city council wanted to improve the swimming education in The Hague, so they built an indoor swimming pool. The school was demolished and the state-of-the-art 'Bosbad' was opened on 20 March 1937. It was an elongated building clad in white plaster, with elegant lines that caught the eye amongst the nineteenth-century buildings. The Bosbad was destroyed during the bombing. After the war, the section of the Amalia Solmsstraat between Juliana van Stolberglaan and the Theresiastraat was widened and renamed Koningin Marialaan. The swimming pool never returned to the neighbourhood.

The unofficial Theresia square was on the left of the Theresiastraat, on the corner where it meets the Albertinestraat, which no longer exists. Events were often organised in this wider section of the Theresiastraat. The fire station, an eye-catching building on this square, was built in 1907, which according to the fire department itself was irreparably damaged in the bombing.

Editor: Stichting 3 Maart '45

Comments form eyewitnesses

"greyish white dust and fear"

Mr L. Dalen Gilhuys (in de Haagsche Courant, 2 March 1995), 12 years old at the time of the bombing.
'We had an evacuee from Bezuidenhout at home. She had a tear-stained face, greyish white from dust and fear. She wanted to return to her street, the Amalia van Solmsstraat, one last time. To save some of her possessions. I was allowed to go as well, in the evening before the curfew with my father and an old bike. We couldn't save a great deal. Everything had to go on the old bike. And our evacuee wanted to bring precisely those things that were impossible to carry or not immediately necessary. Such as some gramophone records.'
Mr L. Dalen Gilhuys (in de Haagsche Courant, 2 March 1995), 12 years old at the time of the bombing.
Before the bombardment
After the bombardment
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