During both World Wars, the 'Arentshuis' was in German hands. During the First World War, it was a distribution centre for identity cards. It was mandatory as civilian above 10 years to carry the identity card.
The 'Arenthuis' served as distribution centre for ration stamps. The 'Dijver' was the centre of German administrive services. The Kreiskommandantur and the Secret 'Feldpolizei' was based on the 'Dijver'.
Today, the Arentshuis is a museum with mostly works of Frank Brangwyn. During the First World War, he designed many British propaganda posters.
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