Dutch Helpers by Selected Cities and Towns

I have begun compiling a list of the Dutch helpers sorted by city and town (see below).   This has involved going through the photographic index from the British National Archives (see prior pages of this website), writing down the names and addresses by city or town, typing up the lists, and posting them on the website.   It is beyond my resources to do this for all 8000 names, so, for now, I am limiting myself to those cities and towns where the Smit-van der Heijden Line had or may have had contacts.  (To see a map of The Netherlands for 1940-1945 showing the towns listed below, click here.)

In compiling the lists I generally copied them as they appeared.  However, I did include some abbreviated names, e.g., “A’dam” for “Amsterdam” where necessary.  Note that the Award Grade appears in parentheses after each name and, if awarded posthumously, the abbreviation “post.”  For a discussion of the meaning of the Award Grade assigned to a helper, see http://www.evasioncomete.org/TxtAwards.html.

I have tried to copy the listings carefully but there is always the possibility of error.  Users will want to view the original listing in the photographic index in the prior pages of this website.  Another good reason to view the original listings is that some have notations which I have not copied such as references to imprisonment, widows, payments made for suffering, or that the person was blacklisted for some reason, etc.  Please bring to my attention any errors or omissions.

Note that the names remain in the same order as they were in the photographic index except for having been extracted and sorted by city and town.  Thus, names beginning with a “v,” “v.d.,” “‘ter,” etc., will be listed in the order of the main part of the name, e.g., “van Aartsen” will be listed among the A’s, not the V’s.  A few names begin with the title “Ir.,” meaning  “ingenieur,” or engineer.

A possible source of error is if I have mistakenly listed a helper under a city that has the same name as the city where he or she was actually located.  The photographic index attempts to distinguish such cities by including in parentheses the abbreviation of the respective provinces in which they were located.  Another potential problem is that I have sorted the names by the city or town given on the original list.  However, that may not be where the person was active in the Resistance.  Note that for some helpers, their address on the original list provides clues as to their postwar military service, e.g., Verhaar, Theo, Netherlands Navy HQ, North Row, London, but no indication of where the person was when he helped Allied military personnel.  For some helpers, no name of a city or town is given, just a street address.

Note that sometimes names on the original list are out of order.  For example, Silkens, Henri, is on page S10 by himself rather than on page S11.  Persons searching for a particular name should look through the entire part of the alphabet–in this case all the “S’s”–to make sure they haven’t missed an out-of-order name.

One of the many uses of having the list broken down by city is to see possible connections.  For example, in Amsterdam there are seven helpers listed at addresses on Prinsengracht (note that Anne Frank was hidden at 263 Prinsengracht):

  • 236 – Madsen-Hugenholtz, Mrs. K.A.
  • 302 – Mondt, Anton
  • 540 – Krejcik-Boissevain, E.
  • 632 – van der Ham, Willem
  • 839 – Bakker, Theodore
  • 842 – Boelens, C.
  • 1009 – Goedkoop, Jan
In the city of Nijverdal (Nyverdal), there are ten helpers listed on one street, Grotestraat.  The street numbers and names of the helpers are as follows:
  • 27  - Borghuis (Burghuis?), Berend Jan
  • 69 – Van Veldhuizen, Cornelis
  • 124 – Torny, Herman
  • 133 – Ponsteen, Andries
  • 142 – Tijhuis, Albertus
  • 153 – Aaltink, Willem
  • 169 – Piksen, Hendrik
  • 220 – de Jonge, Tiemen
  • 274 – van Harten, Martin
  • 274 – Hartholt, Roelof

I will add each city or town as I complete them.  So far they are as follows:

Aalst to Breda

  • Aalst and Waalre (near Eindhoven)
  • Almelo
  • Alphen
  • Amersfoort
  • Amsterdam
  • Apeldoorn
  • Baarle-Nassau
  • Beek
  • Beilen
  • Berlicum
  • Bladel
  • Borne
  • Boxtel
  • Breda
Chaam to Fijnaart
  • Chaam (between Breda and Baarle-Nassau)
  • Coevorden
  • Den Bosch (‘s-Hertogenbosch)
  • Den Haag (The Hague)
  • Deventer
  • Dinther
  • Dordrecht
  • Drachten
  • Eindhoven
  • Enschede
  • Erp
  • Esbeek and Hooge Mierde
  • Esch
  • Fijnaart
Gilze to Kampen
  • Gilze
  • Goirle
  • Groningen
  • Haaksbergen
  • Hardenberg
  • Hengelo
  • Heusden, Hedikhuizen, and Herpt
  • Hilvarenbeek and Biest-Houtakker
  • Hoogeveen
  • Hooghalen
  • Kaatshuevel
  • Kampen
Leiden to Oudenbosch
  • Leiden
  • Meppel
  • Middelbeers
  • Moergestel
  • Netersel
  • Nijmegen
  • Nijverdal (Nyverdal)
  • Oirschot
  • Oisterwijk
  • Oldenzaal
  • Oosterhout
  • Oudenbosch
Roosendaal to Utrecht
  • Roosendaal
  • Rosmalen
  • Rotterdam
  • Schijndel
  • Sliedrecht
  • Sprang-Capelle
  • Staphorst
  • Tilburg
  • Udenhout
  • Ulicoten
  • Urk
  • Utrecht
Vessem to Zwolle
  • Vessem
  • Vught
  • Waalwijk
  • Waspik
  • Well (near Heusden)
  • Wierden
  • Zeist
  • Zundert
  • Zutphen
  • Zwolle

Towns for which I found no listings include:

  • Diessen
  • Dongen
  • Drunen
  • Eethen
  • Gorp
  • Riel
  • Rijen
  • Westelbeers

2 responses to “Dutch Helpers by Selected Cities and Towns

  1. adrianus wagenaar

    Mijn vader Johannes Wagenaar werkte voor Licht en Water als meter lezer en geld ophaler en was zodoende uitgesteld voor verplicht werk in Duitsland. Hij had een leder lange zwarte jas en pet met gouden banden en een leeren tas met quitanties. Daartussen stopte hij af en to waneer gevraagd een briefje om door te geven. Hij was 100% vertrouwd.
    Ik kan nog goed herinneren dat we met de trein naar Utrecht gingen om als 4 of 5 jarigen “kleren voor me te koopen” als iemand iets zou vragen.
    Kortom het was om voor de ondergrondse een bericht af the geven. Als u geintereseerd bent kan Ik nog meer info geven. Ook in Engels.
    AUB laat me weten

    Ad Wagenaar

  2. Hans Offermans

    Laanen, Cor, lived in the Dorpsstraat in Dinther.
    He was the uncle of my wife.

    I have added to the list of members of the Smit-van der Heijden Line under the town of Dinther the following entry: Van Laanen, Cor – Worked with the Otten family of Erp and Father Woestenberg of Schijndel. Guided some 40 airmen including George Duffee and Thomas Madsin.
    Bruce Bolinger

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