Dutch Cities: Aalst to Breda

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2 responses to “Dutch Cities: Aalst to Breda

  1. Peter Veenhuizen

    I believe that my grandfather Dr. Jan Jacob Veenhuizen a local physician in Almelo offered medical assistance to British and Canadian airmen until September 1944. On September 24, 1944 the Gestapo came to arrest him at his home in Almelo and he escaped and went underground for the remainder of the war. He does not appear to be on you list. I am researching my father’s (P.A. Veenhuizen), and his father’s service with the Resistance is an indispensable part of this research. Can you tell me where I might find some information about his contribution to the Resistance effort.
    Thank you
    E. P. Veenhuizen
    Victoria, Australia

    Dear Mr. Veenhuizen,

    I would check both the British and American lists of helpers of Allied airmen, the American list at https://wwii-netherlands-escape-lines.com/helpers-of-allied-airmen/dutch-helper-list/u-s-national-archives-list-of-dutch-helpers/ on this website and the British list at https://wwii-netherlands-escape-lines.com/helpers-of-allied-airmen/dutch-helper-list/index-to-dutch-helpers-of-allied-personnel/. Also take a look at the FAQ on researching Dutch helpers of airmen at https://wwii-netherlands-escape-lines.com/faqs/faqs-resistance/ on this website for suggestions. Also search the Internet for historical societies (heemkundekring) for the town where he was active, in this case Amelo. There may be some persons particularly interested in WWII who can help you. I checked the list of persons who received the Dutch Resistance Memorial Cross (see https://wwii-netherlands-escape-lines.com/resistance-memorial-cross/ on this website) and found one Veenhuizen, Cornelis L.T., but that person may not be connected to your grandfather. I also checked the index to newspaper clippings at the Netherlands Institute for War Documentation at http://www.niod.knaw.nl/sites/niod.nl/files/KnipselcollectieNIOD.pdf and found one listing of a Veenhuizen but this was a Meijering (Veenhuizen) and may not be connected to your family.
    Best wishes,
    Bruce Bolinger

  2. Teresa Carlson

    My father joined the Dutch resistance in Groningen after he escaped from Berlin. He was born in 1921 Theodorus Dubois. He was 18 at the time. I know he received a certificate of thanks from the prince of Holland? at the time. I am travelling to Berlin and then Holland in October to retrace his footsteps during the war and don’t know where to get more information on this. Is there somewhere I can go in Holland? My journey will begin on Berlin. My father passed away in 2017. Any information will be so very much appreciated. Kind regards, Teresa

    Dear Teresa,

    I found a listing of a Theodorus Dubois at the following location: https://neerlandschverzetsmonument.nl/dourlein-dykstra. The homepage of the website is: https://neerlandschverzetsmonument.nl/. You can reach the webmaster, Dimitri Gazan, at
    info@neerlandschverzetsmonument.nl. I checked the list of Dutch helpers of Allied airmen but did not find your father’s name but that only suggests that the type of Resistance activities he was involved in did not involve aiding downed airmen. I also checked the index to newspaper clippings at NIOD, the Netherlands Institute for War Documentation, and found several Dubois but no Theodorus. There should be a historical society in Groningen which might be able to help you. I suggest you contact the Groningen tourist office (VVV) at https://www.visitgroningen.nl/nl/plan-je-bezoek/vvv. They should be able to put you in touch with someone familiar with the city’s WWII history. Also take a look at this page on my website: https://wwii-netherlands-escape-lines.com/faqs/faqs-resistance/ for further ideas.

    Best wishes,
    Bruce Bolinger

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