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Evert Blanken

(photo: www.eerebegraafplaatsbloemendaal.eu)

Date of Birth : 30-09-1917
Date of Death : 18-01-1945
Age : 27
Cemetery : Eerebegraafplaats Bloemendaal, plot 24
Organisation : Ordedienst
Evert Blanken was born on 30 September 1917 in Amsterdam. He was a son of Evert Blanken and Wilhelmina Hendrika van Huijstee. Blanken was a member of the Dutch resistance.
The following information can be found on the website www.eerebegraafplaatsbloemendaal.eu: After finishing his education in September 1936 Blanken worked as office and stock market clerk at Oudhof&Co. and Ruys&Co. in Amsterdam. He started to work as office clerk for the Gewestelijk Arbeidsbureau (GAB) or Regional Employment Office in October 1940. Blanken was keen sporter who like to play football, hockey, tennis and chess.
As an employee of the GAB Blanken was able to hand out falsified identity papers to people who had to go to Germany for forced labour. Some of them he knew from his sportactivities. He also was involved in distributing ration coupons to some 100 people in hiding and relatives of men who were forced to work in Germany. He was also a member of the Ordedienst (Order of Service), a national resistance organisation which partly originated from the Dutch Army.
At the end of 1944 the Germans needed more forced laborers and they wanted the civil servants of the GAB to help them recruit new laborers. The leadership of the Dutch resistance contacted the Dutch government in exile in London to ask what to do about this and they were told to delay the work as much as possible. The civil servants in the office of the GAB in the Spieghelschool in the Marnixstraat in Amsterdam were told to intensify the search for laborers but they told the Germans they refused to do so. On 5 January 1945 the Germans appointed 9 civil servants to do the work for them. Seven of them were members of the NSB, the Dutch National Socialist Party, who collaborated with the Germans. The same evening all nine were visited by members of the resistance who shot them as soon as they opened the doors of their homes. Five or six were killed instantly and 3 were heavily wounded. The Spieghelschool was set on fire. The Germans were furious and they brought five prisoners to the Spieghelschool and executed them (their names are: Hugo Baars, Willem Jan van Dorsten, Edgar Henri Kan, Jan Hendrik de Rooij en Willem Wessel Wessel). The recruiting of laborers was then continued from the Emmaschool in the Passeerdersgracht. On 7 January the resistance blew up this building. Five Germans were severly wounded in the attack. In retaliation for he attack on the Emmaschool the Germans arrested 17 other GAB civil servants who they believed were anti-German, including Blanken. Of the 17 persons arrested 11 were executed by the Germans on 18 January 1945 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Together with Blanken the following persons were killed: Hendrik Abbink, Hendrik Jacob Eeltjes, Antonius Henricus Frankenmolen, Gerrit Hoffman, Anton Lotz, Willem Teunis Meedendorp, Marinus Jacobus Pieroen, Adam Petrus Rooth, Pieter Jelle Trap and Willem Venema.
Picture: 08-08-2019
Die in mij gelooft zal leven (The one who believes in me will live)
 Al ware hij ook gestorven (Even though they die)
Joh. 11:25 (John 11:25)
 
Sources: Website https://oorlogsgravenstichting.nl/, website www.eerebegraafplaatsbloemendaal.eu, website http://geni.com, website http://www.dedokwerker.nl/, website www.online-begraafplaatsen.nl, and Wikipedia

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