Sinterklaas in Amsterdam
during World War II and immediately after
In 1941, even though the Nazis had invaded neutral Netherlands in May 1940, Sinterklaas still came to Amsterdam.
Sinterklaas wartime arrival in Amsterdam
The Netherlands was liberated by Canadian, British, and Polish forces in May 1945. The following December Sinterklaas arrived in Amsterdam under the supervision of the Canadian military. Allied vehicles and music corps accompanied the Saint. The Canadians clearly thought that if one Piet was good, many more would be better and this was the beginning of multiple Piets coming along with Sint.
Sinterklaas arrives in post-war Amsterdam in 1945
Other World War II Saint Nicholas accounts sections
By Airplane, not Steamboat! The RAF plays Sinterklaas, Netherlands– 1941
American GI’s assist Sinterklaas, Netherlands – 1944
American St. Nicolas, Wiltz, Luxembourg – 1944
Saint Nicolas is Back, Rodange, Luxembourg – 1944