12 and 19 November and 3 December 2016, and 14 January 2017
Following the success
of the exhibition Secret Communications,
back in the winter of 2013, Crypto Museum has once again teamed up with the
Foundation for German Communication
in Duivendrecht (near Amsterdam, Netherlands) for the exhibition
Secret Communications 2.
This exclusive exhibiton will be open to the general
public the following Saturdays:
Saturday 12 November 2016 Saturday 19 November 2016 Saturday 3 December 2016 Saturday 14 January 2017
On these days, we will be open from 10:00 to 17:00 and admission is free. Furthermore, coffee, tea and sandwiches will be available free of charge.
We will be showing an exciting collection of
cipher machines and
spy radio sets,
some of which have never been on public display before.
Check the overview below
to see what we have selected for you.
Large groups may apply for a visit outside the regular opening
days and times. Contact Arthur Bauer
to make arrangements.
➤ What to expect
12 & 19 November & 3 December 2016 - Kloosterstraat 23-25 Duivendrecht - Netherlands
Like in 2013, we will be showing an exciting collection of rare cipher
machines, some of which have never been exhibited in a private collection
before. How about the
British Typex Mark 23
shown below? It was used during
WWII by the British Army for messages at the highest level and has five
coding wheels and two printers. Strangely, it is still considered
classified in the UK today.
Another exciting new cipher machine in our collection is
one-time tape device that was developed shortly after WWII as a solid-state
alternative to the wartime ROCKEX.
The machine is unbreakable as it uses
a noise-generated key tape that is at least as long as the message itself.
But unlike other machines in its class, it uses a very uncommon
6-level punched paper tape...
And of course we will be showing the usual suspects, such as the famous
German ENIGMA cipher machine
and some of its rare family members.
After all, what would a crypto exhibition be without them?
The ENIGMA was used by the German Army during WWII and was thought to be
unbreakable. Yet it was broken at large scale by the Allied Codebreakers
of Bletchley Park.
Apart from cipher machines, we will be showing a nice collection of
spy radio sets and their accessories. On this occasion will be focussing
on the history of the secret
Dutch Stay-Behind Organisation O&I
and the equipment they used during the 46 years of their existence,
from the very first three-piece valve-based set, to the last
fully digital automatic one with built-in crypto.
Some of these items have been kindly given on loan by other museums,
such as the first and only
Dutch spy radio set ZO-47 shown above.
It is probably the only surviving example of this radio set.
Another example is the FFS-7 below,
which will be shown in its original cache container.
The latter has kindly been given on loan by the dutch ham radio
museum Jan Corver.
Apart from highlights of the former
O&I network, we will also
be showing a selection of rare spy radio sets from former
Eastern Block countries like Czechoslovakia,
Some of these have only been recovered recently and have never been on
public display before.
Stricktly speaking, Yugoslavia was not an Eastern Block country
during the Cold War, as it was not part of the Warsaw Pact. Although
it was a communist country, it was neutral and was never part of the USSR
Last updated 8 November 2016
Below is a non-exhaustive overview of the items we will be showing and
demonstrating in this exhibition. Further information on each item is available
by clicking the corresponding thumbnail image below.
This list will be updated regularly so please visit this page again soon.
People interested in the history and function of the
will no doubt have come across the 'super enigma' built by
Tatjana van Vark in 2003. Under the name Cryptograph,
Tatjana has provided a beautiful example of how art and technology
can go hand in hand. If you want to see this machine
'in the flesh', now is your chance. For the first time, Tatjana will be
demonstrating the Cryptograph on the following opening days
of our exhibition:
- Saturday 12 November 2016
- Saturday 3 December 2016
Important note: Traffic diversion
Please note that due to roadworks around the museum in Duivendrecht,
between 7 and 27 November 2016, you will not be able to use the directions
given by your navigation system. As the Randweg will be closed during this
time, you will have to take a detour through Duivendrecht.
➤ Click here for additional instructions
Saturday 12 November 2016
Saturday 12 November 2016 was the first opening day of Secret
Communications 2. When the doors opened at 10:00, some people
were already cueing up at the entrance. We had visitors from
France, Denmark, the USA, the UK, Belgium, Germany and, of course
the Netherlands. Below are a few photographs of this day that were
made by our German friend Karsten Hansky. THANKS!
Wednesday 16 November 2016
For large groups it is possible to arrange for a visit outside
regular opening hours. Wednesday 16 November 2016 was such a day that was
scheduled especially for a group of 30+ students of Amsterdam University.
And they didn't come empty handed as the photograph below illustrates...
The last opening day of 2016, on 3 December, was an great success.
Some people were already queing up when the doors opened at 10 o'clock.
In total, we counted just under 200 visitors this day, which makes it
the most successful one so far. Luckily, Jan and Marjan Rijnders were
present to help us out. Thanks!
Below is a nice selection of photographs that were made by Gerard Vos.
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