Ries Jansen — A War Criminal Converted

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Ries (Marinus) Jansen

The following story comes from a collection compiled and translated by Gilbert Zekveld.  He was a dairy farmer from Lindsay, Ontario.  In his later retirement years, this godly widower spent most of his time translating edifying literature from Dutch into English.  I was privileged to know him as a friend and helped him with a bit of editing.  This story comes from “A Collection of True Life Stories,” most of which were taken from a Dutch book, Honingdroppels (Drops of Honey).  It’s a story of God’s grace for a wicked man, a Nazi collaborator whom many Dutch at one time feared and yes, even hated.

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The name of Ries [Marinus] Jansen was well-known in the Veluwe [a forested region in the middle of the Netherlands] during the winter of 1944-1945.  It was a name that inspired hate.  He was a hunter of men par excellence.

He…

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  1. kittenbasket says:

    In his farewell letter to his wife, Rudolf Höss, the commandant of Auschwitz said that he had re-found God. He was truly repentant of what he did in his life, and had peace with God. (You can read it in the book, “People in Auschwitz”, by Hermann Langbein.)

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