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Joining the Resistance, Henk Pelser began by smuggling copies of an underground newspaper and ended by smuggling Jews and others sought by the Nazi's across the Netherlands, through Belgium and France, to eventual safety in neutral Switzerland.
 
Henk Pelser
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Some historical data

1938

  • 09.11 - “Kristallnacht”


1939

  • 28.08 - general mobilisation in the Netherlands
  • 03.09 - German invasion of Poland; start of the Second World War

1940

  • 10.05 - German invasion of The Netherlands
  • 14.05 - bombardment of Rotterdam


1941

  • 25.02 - the February strike
  • 22.06 - German invasion of Russia
  • 07.12 - Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour


1942

  • April - wearing the yellow star becomes compulsory
  • July- first deportations from the Netherlands
  • 19.08 - British raid on Dieppe; Henk Pelser crosses the Belgian border for the first time
  • September - Smedts and Pelser travel via Brussels to Besançon
  • October - Pelser’s journey Brussels - Besançon - Lyon - Annemasse - Geneva - Chateauneuf-les-Bains - Lyon - Nancy - Brussels
  • 08.11 - allied invasion of northern Africa
  • 11.11 - Hitler occupies Vichy-France
  • 02.12 - journey with Ekker: Brussels - Bouillon - Sedan - Belfort
  • 05.12 - Belfort - Paris
  • 08.12 - back in Amsterdam


1943

  • 06.01 - Ekker and Pelser depart for Switzerland
  • 09.01 - arrival in Belfort
  • 14.01 - arrival in Bern
  • 20.01 - to Cossonay
  • 31.01 - capitulation German VI army at Stalingrad
  • 19.02 - Pelser c.s return via Porrentruy - Sedan - Brussels
  • 21.02 - arrival in Amsterdam
  • 03.04 - Pelser is arrested
  • 13.05 - German capitulation in North Africa


1944

  • 14.03 - Pelser in court before the Obergericht
  • 15.03 - on PoW transport to Mühlberg
  • 06.06 - D-Day
  • 25.07 - Mussolini deposed
  • 08.09 - capitulation of Italy
  • 17.09 - Operation “Market Garden”; beginning of the battle of Arnhem
  • December - Ardennes offensive
  • 24.12 - American POW’s arrive in Mühlberg


1945

  • 07.03 - American troops cross the Rhine
  • 22.04 - German guards abandon the Mühlberg camp
  • 30.04 - Hitler’s suicide
  • 05.05 - the Germans capitulate in the Netherlands
  • 17.05 - Pelser leaves for Tröbitz
  • 31.05 - Pelser collects Saartje, Klara and Jaap Elte
  • 12.06 - to Leipzig
  • 18.06 - arrival in Eindhoven and Amsterdam

Razzia
Razzia

 

Prisoners at Scheveningen Prison
Prisoners at Scheveningen Prison

 

Typical cell at Oranje Hotel
Typical cell at Oranje Hotel

 
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