The picture is of Dutch SS volunteer Berend Johan Westerveld, nicknamed ‘The Bicycle Repairman’ or ‘The Knight of the Bicycle Pedal’, presumably taken after his arrest.
Berend Johan Westerveld was born on August 23, 1905 in Zutphen. His career was characterized by a series of failures. Just before the war he became a bicycle repairer and bicycle shed owner in Zutphen. In 1941 he volunteered with the SS. After his training in Berlin, he ended up as a porter and telephone operator at the Aussenstelle in Arnhem and then in Enschede. From June 1943 he was employed inCamp Amersfoort with the SS Guard batalion, until Lagerführer Berg assigned him to the Camp-SS.
Amersfoort concentration camp was a Nazi concentration camp near the city of Amersfoort, the Netherlands. The official name was “Polizeiliches Durchgangslager Amersfoort”, P.D.A. or Amersfoort Police Transit Camp. 37,000 prisoners were held there between 1941 to 1945. The camp was situated in the northern part of the municipality of Leusden, on the municipal boundary between Leusden and Amersfoort in the central Netherlands.
At Abteilung III, Westerveld was under the authority of Joseph Kotälla, although both fulfilled the function of Schutzhaftlagerführer. After the war, Westerveld, like Kotälla, was qualified as an ‘unbalanced person’.
Westerveld was known as the man of ‘pumping’ and ‘robbing’. He was guilty of violent assaults and torturing. After the war, he confessed to all the charges against him. He was sentenced to death in 1948.
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