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  • Article by Wesley Dankers
  • Published on May 12th, 2019

Hall, Walraven van

Walraven van Hall was one of the greatest of the Dutch resistance fighters during the Second World War. He was able to create a financial construction through inventiveness, quirkiness and help from others, with which he made a great contribution to Dutch illegality. The National Support Fund (NSF) he founded during the war was responsible for the financial care of thousands of people affected by the German occupation. The fund also supported numerous other resistance activities.

  • Article by Samuel de Korte
  • Published on April 7th, 2019

Bell, Elvin

Elvin Bell, an orphan from a Jamaica region of New York was serving aboard USS Lexington. When the aircraft carrier ran into problems, on the 8th May 1942, after it had been hit by Japanese bombs and torpedoes during the Battle of the Coral Sea, Elvin was the one, who went back to rescue three other sailors from fire. For this deed he was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Medal.

  • Article by Samuel de Korte
  • Published on March 30th, 2019

Pinckney, William

William Pinckney was born in South Carolina as the child of Renty and Jenny Pinckney on the 27th April 1915. The family was struggling to make a living since his childhood. William's father was working as a carpenter for many shrimpers in and around his birthplace. William's mother died when he was 8, and his elder sister Ethel had to bring him up. A few years later, William quit school and started working for himself. He only finished the 7th grade. Just like his father, he started working as a carpenter on the waterfront. Eventually, he worked with his brother-in-law until he joined the Navy.

  • Article by Kevin Prenger
  • Published on February 22nd, 2019

Grünewald, Adam

Adam Grünewald was a rather insignificant person within the SS, who managed, despite his limited abilities, to get promoted to SS-Sturmbannführer and commander of the Vught concentration camp in the Netherlands.

  • Article by Kevin Prenger
  • Published on January 1st, 2019

Goldschlag, Stella

She was young, attractive, well dressed and lacked no male attention. The only thing working against blond beauty Stella Goldschlag was her ancestry.

  • Article by Samuel de Korte
  • Published on December 24th, 2018

Maduro, George

George Maduro was a Dutch student who, serving as a reserve-officer with the Hussars during the German invasion of the Netherlands in May 1940, distinguished himself by retaking villa Dorrepaal in Leidschendam. This prevented the German paratroopers from taking The Hague from that side. After the Dutch capitulation he joined the resistance. When he attempted to escape to Spain, he was betrayed and ultimately ended up in concentration camp Dachau, where he died from typhoid on February 8th 1945. He was posthumously awarded the Militaire Willems Orde 4th class for his exceptional achievement during the German invasion of the Netherlands in 1940.

  • Article by Wesley Dankers
  • Published on October 13th, 2018

Keitel, Wilhelm

his weak and willing puppet handed the army, the instrument of aggression, to the party and directed it in its criminal actions. This is how Robert H. Jackson, American chief prosecutor at the International Military Tribunal in Nuremberg, described Wilhelm Keitel; during the war the head of the Oberkommando der Wehrmacht (OKW or supreme command of the Wehrmacht) and generally known as a yes man and lickspittle. Who was this army commander who followed Hitler's orders almost slavishly and how much power did he have? In this article, these questions shall be dealt with.

  • Article by Kevin Prenger
  • Published on September 10th, 2018

Plagge, Karl

As a commander of a Wehrmacht unit in Vilnius, which occupied itself with the repair and maintenance of army vehicles, Karl Plagge took over 1,000 Jews in protection. Thanks to him, some 200 of them survived the war. In 2005, he was honored posthumously by Yad Vashem, the Israelian Holocaust Institute. Major Plagge is now known as Righteous among the Peoples, just like Oskar Schindler.

  • Article by Timo Worst
  • Published on August 9th, 2018

Knittel, Gustav

Gustav Knittel was a convicted war criminal and SS-Sturmbannfüher in the 1. SS-Panzer-Division Leibstandarte-SS Adolf Hitler (LSSHA).