Ankie Stork- The Stork who delivered 35 Jewish children.

Ankie Stork was a Dutch resistance fighter during the German occupation of the Netherlands. She saved thirty-five Jewish children from the Nazis by hiding them in several locations the town of Nijverdal during World War II. She acted as part of Utrechts Kindercomité,(Utrecht Children Committee) a Dutch resistance group based in Utrecht. Ankie was aContinue reading “Ankie Stork- The Stork who delivered 35 Jewish children.”

Risking life to save lives. The brave Dutch who saved Jewish children.

There is a lot of rightful criticism about how the Dutch dealt with the Jews during WWII. A lot more could have been done, there is no question about that. But, it is easy to say these things in retrospect. If you are faced getting killed for a simple act of defiance , you mightContinue reading “Risking life to save lives. The brave Dutch who saved Jewish children.”

When enough was enough-The February strike.

On February 25, 1941 the Dutch decided that enough was enough. No longer would they stand idly by to see their Jewish neighbours being treated they way they were. The first 8 months of the Nazi occupation did not see that much change to the Dutch, The changes were all gradual.However there were increased tensions.Continue reading “When enough was enough-The February strike.”

Simple acts of defiance in Geleen-Greeting the Jewish neighbours.

Every once in a while I come across a story which makes me immensely proud to be a native from Geleen. Those of you who read my blogs on a regular base, know that I was born in the town of Geleen in the south East of the Netherlands. Most of the Jews who livedContinue reading “Simple acts of defiance in Geleen-Greeting the Jewish neighbours.”

Hendrikus van der Meer, killed for distributing leaflets.

It is often asked “Why did the people not stand up against the Nazi regime?” I have even asked this question, especially when it came to me fellow Dutchmen. But it is easy to judge in hindsight. I wonder how many who asked that question would have stood up against the regime(and I include myself),Continue reading “Hendrikus van der Meer, killed for distributing leaflets.”

Boycotting the Cinema-A small act of resistance.

The majority of the Jews in the Netherlands were killed during the Holocaust, The estimates vary from 100,000 to 104,000. It would be too easy to say that this was because the Dutch were willing participants in the Nazi ideology, because for the majority this wasn’t the case. The large number and percentage of JewishContinue reading “Boycotting the Cinema-A small act of resistance.”

Diet Eman- WWII Hero.

Only the good die young, all the evil seem to live forever is a line from an Iron Maiden song, and there have been times where I thought this to be true, because I saw so many evil people living a long and prosperous lives. But thankfully ever now and then that theory is provenContinue reading “Diet Eman- WWII Hero.”

Would I have the same courage as Benjamin Blankenstein?

What would I do? Or, how much courage would I have? These are questions that haunt me in relation to the Holocaust? Questions which are becoming more and more relevant these days. There was a time where I would jeopardize my life to defend my principles in relation to justice and the treatment of myContinue reading “Would I have the same courage as Benjamin Blankenstein?”

Law abiding citizen

I don’t know what it is but the last few days I have discovered several accounts of victims of the Holocaust which are very near to me. Not so much that I was related to these people or that I knew them, but I knew the locality and the addresses where they lived. In factContinue reading “Law abiding citizen”

The Tulp brothers-Evil and Good.

The story of the two Tulp brothers is bizarre and yet intriguing in more way than one. They were half brothers, the older brother took the path of evil although he was a police officer, Where the younger one risked his life by resisting the evil his brother was part of. Sybren Tulp was bornContinue reading “The Tulp brothers-Evil and Good.”