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Eerebegraafplaats Bloemendaal (Honorary Cemetery Bloemendaal)

Information of the Oorlogsgravenstichting:
During the Second World War The Netherlands was occupied for 5 years. Men and women all across the country resisted against the German occupiers. When caught they were often sent to prison or to concentrationcamps in Germany. Many were shot without any form of trial in the dunes along the North Sea coast, like in Overveen, Bloemendaal. Often the victims were buried in the dunes. Immediately after the war the authorities started a search for the graves and in July 1945 a total of 422 bodies were found in 45 mass graves. 105 were killed in the dunes and the others were killed on other places in the Noord Holland province, The Netherlands. To keep the memory of these people alive it was decided to create a cemetery in the dunes. On 27 november 1945 Hannie Schaft, the only woman killed in the dunes, was the first to be buried in the Eerebegraafplaats Bloemendaal. About 375 Dutch resistance fighters are buried in this cemetery. The casualties are buried in 41 plots. Every plot contains the bodies found in certain mass grave, so the victims are buried together with the ones killed on the same day. At the entrance stands a 2,5 metres high urn containing the ashes of 81 restistance fighters who were cremates in Driehuis, The Netherlands between 6 september and 26 october 1944 and some of the ashes found in the cremation oven in concentration camp Vught, The Netherlands. Some of the best known Dutch resistance fighters are buried in the Eerebegraafplaats Bloemendaal, among them: Walraven van Hall, Theo van Gogh, Hannie Schaft, Johannes Post, Marinus Post and Gerrit Jan van der Veen.

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