Mapping Modernity

14. Help nuclear weapons out of the world

23 October 2023

Church opposition to nuclear weapons

The Cold War reaches a distressing apex with the emergence of threats involving all-destructive neutron bombs. In the Netherlands, a fervent debate ensued over whether nuclear weapons should be stationed within its borders. Such a move carried the risk of provoking a nuclear attack from the Eastern bloc, in turn hindering the process of democratisation in Eastern Europe.

Interkerkelijk Vredesberaad, Help nuclear weapons out of the world, starting from the Netherlands, Utrecht 1979. Collection of IISH, 84 x 61 cm.