Auteur Topic: Of Decency and Death: A story of the Netherlands in World War II  (gelezen 285 keer)

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Of Decency and Death: A story of the Netherlands in World War II
« Gepost op: 25 april 2017, 20:07:58 pm »
Hello everyone,

Hello everyone. I want to share an excerpt from my ebook with you guys. My book tells a story about 7 mayors and their resistance in the province: "Noord-Brabant" in the Netherlands during World War II. Enjoy reading:


During the first years of the occupation in Brabant things did not come to a head. But in February of 1943 Frederiks received protest letters from nearly all the mayors in Brabant. In their letters the mayors complained about demands from the Germans that increasingly could not be reconciled with their duties. In particular, the mayors did not want to be responsible for assigning people to work on military installations for the Germans. If they assigned people by name, then anyone not showing up for the assigned duty would be guilty of resistance and subject to deportation to a concentration camp. The mayors did not want to have this on their conscience. They threatened to resign collectively.

Frederiks entered into discussions with the German Commissioner-General for Administration and Justice by the name of Wimmer. The issue focused on the fundamental question: 'was a mayor or any other government official free to resign if they wished to do so? Was it permissible under international law to force mayors to continue in their post and contribute to the German war machine?'



This interesting legal question was soon overtaken by harsh reality. Reich Commissioner Seyss-Inquart was fed up with the reluctance of the various mayors to cooperate and made a formal announcement threatening mayors or officials who refused to cooperate with imprisonment in a concentration camp. If a mayor went into hiding, the family would be taken into custody. The threat was real enough. Mayor Linders of Oss in Brabant refused to give the Germans a helping hand and resigned. The Germans did not accept his resignation and Linders went into hiding to avoid arrest. In response the SD (Sicherheitsdienst des Reichsführers-SS, the intelligence agency of the SS) arrested the mayor's wife and put her in concentration camp near the town of Vught in Brabant. This camp, named Camp Vught, had been built in 1942 and was the only SS run concentration camp outside Germany. The Linders family home was looted and anything of value was carted off. Several other mayors went into hiding and in all cases their homes fell prey to looting and the wives, and in some cases also the children, were taken away to concentration camps. Repeated protests and appeals from Secretary-General Frederiks did not help.

https://www.amazon.com/Decency-Death-story-Netherlands-World-ebook/dp/B06XCMCWTQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1493141129&sr=8-1&keywords=of+decency+and+death