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  • Article by Richard Savage
  • Published on October 19th, 2019

Schwerdtfeger,Werner

This is a short biography of a man whose life was filled with enough experiences, friendships, and drama to serve the lives of several men. Father, husband, friend, scientist, educator, researcher, mentor, aeronaut, and warrior, he comes as close to a true "Man for All Seasons" as many of us could likely imagine. His experiences in wartime, as a uniformed civil service official in the Luftwaffe and flight meteorologist in combat and later as director of the Luftwaffe’s principal forecast agency, would have been the high points of most men’s lives, as wartime service undoubtedly was for many of his comrades.

  • Article by Thijs de Veen
  • Published on September 28th, 2019

Harmon, Leonard Roy

Roy Leonard Harmon was born on 21 January 1917 in Cuero, Texas. He was the son of Cornelius and Naunita Harmon. He graduated from Daule High School and during the Great Depression he helped with a variety of chores in and around a historic property in Cuero. On 3 December 1937 Elene Ross gave birth to a son, although they were not married. On 10 June 1939 he entered service with the Navy in Houston. He followed training in Norfolk, Virginia, and reported for duty on 28 October 1939 on the heavy cruiser USS San Francisco, which was also docked there. Aboard this vessel, he rose to Mess Attendant First Class. Being an Afro-American, there were no other options available to him.

  • Article by Jochem Botman
  • Published on August 18th, 2019

Cate Brouwer, Helene Louise ten

Uit het Leidsch Dagblad van 13 september 2003: "Ze was beeldschoon, slim en sportief. Ze kon schieten, saboteren en spioneren. Als een Leidse Hannie Schaft stortte ze zich in het verzet, werd gepakt en ter dood veroordeeld. Maar dan neemt haar leven een bizarre wending. Ze stelt haar kwaliteiten ter beschikking aan de Sicherheitsdienst."

  • 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.