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Hendrik Jacob Eeltjes

(photo: www.eerebegraafplaatsbloemendaal.eu)

Date of Birth : 06-06-1919
Date of Death : 18-01-1945
Age : 25
Cemetery : Eerebegraafplaats Bloemendaal, plot 24
Organisation : .
Hendrik Jacob Eeltjes was born on 6 June 1919 in Amsterdam. He was a son of Jacob Pieter Eeltjes and Henriette Catherine Eeltjes (nee Valk). Eetljes was an office clerk and member of the Dutch resistance.
The following information can be found on the website www.eerebegraafplaatsbloemendaal.eu: Hendrik Eeltjes worked as a office clerk at the Koninklijke Nederlandsche Stoomboot-Maatschappij in Amsterdam from 1936. In Januari 1943 the Germans wanted Eeltjes to go to Germany as forced laborer. To avoid this he started to work at the Gewestelijk Arbeidsbureau (GAB) or Regional Employment Office. At the GAB he was able to listen to the British radio and pass on information to the Ordedienst (Order of Service), a national resistance organisation which partly originated from the Dutch Army. He also gave them information about members of the NSB, the national socialist movement, which collaborated with the Germans. Eeltjes also helped several people to avoid being sent to Germany for forced labour.
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 Eeltjes. Of the 17 persons arrested 11 were executed by the Germans on 18 January 1945 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Together with Eeltjes the following persons were killed: Hendrik Abbink, Evert Blanken, 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
Hij heeft zijn leven gegeven (He gave his life)
Voor zijn vaderland (For his fatherland)
Hij ruste in vrede (He rest in peace)
Sources: Website https://oorlogsgravenstichting.nl/, website www.eerebegraafplaatsbloemendaal.eu, website http://www.dedokwerker.nl/ and website http://geni.com.


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