Stories

Who was Nita really?

Who was Nita really?

Niece from Surinam n September 1942, eight-year-old Anita Waisvisz was allowed to live with the family of the widow Riek Heinen-Rots in Aalten. She pretended to be a niece from…

Frank Dell

Frank Dell

In the night of 14 to 15 October 1944, the British Mosquito bomber of RAF pilot Frank Dell crashed near Münster, Germany. Frank fled and walked for days, eventually ending…

The Ladies Jolink

The Ladies Jolink

The sisters Minnie and Gerrie Jolink from Varsseveld provided many hiding places in Varsseveld and the surrounding area during WW II. Hundreds of Jewish people were in hiding at around…

Mass execution

Mass execution

On 2 March 1945, 46 men from across the Netherlands were executed at the Rademakersbroek near Varsseveld in the Achterhoek. Their death was a reprisal for the killing of four…

Friendly face of evil

Friendly face of evil

He was the friendly face of Nazi evil: Albert Gemmeker, commander of Camp Westerbork. He was known as a correct commander, who insisted on not knowing what was happening to…

Church raid

Church raid

It is 30 January 1944, the first beautiful Sunday after a long, cold winter. A good day for people in hiding to go to church again. That’s what the Germans…

Roy Kay

Roy Kay

In the night of 16 to 17 June 1944, a British bomber was shot down above the hamlet of Barlo near Aalten, Netherlands. The aircraft, a Lancaster MF 840BQ/V bomber…

Tante Riek and Gradus Kobus

Tante Riek and Gradus Kobus

It is clear from all stories about going into hiding that the network for helping people in hiding was important. They trusted each other and managed to find each other.…

Across the border

Across the border

The rural parts of the Achterhoek border region were extremely suitable as a hiding place for the hunted. There is a richly varied landscape here, with forests and lots of…

“Oh, dear Annie!”

“Oh, dear Annie!”

Kees “Rakie” Verheul from Amsterdam, who was one of the people in hiding with the Ebbers family in the hamlet Heurne near Aalten during the war, was madly in love…

Silent companion

Silent companion

Ewald Heming and Elisabeth Schlattmann had known each other since 1933. They lived in Stadtlohn, just across the border in Germany and worked in the same office. He was eight…

Like hunted game

Like hunted game

Thea and Wolfgang knew each other from the Jewish youth club in Winterswijk. Wolfgang fled from Germany to the Netherlands when Hitler came to power. Thea was born in Winterswijk…