Behrendt, Fritz Alfred

Date of birth:
February 17th, 1925 (Berlin/Brandenburg, Germany)
Date of death:
December 4th, 2008 (Amsterdam, the Netherlands)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

The on 17th February 1925 in Germany born, Jewish-German Fritz Behrendt fled with his family to the Netherlands in 1937.

During the Second World War he was involved in producing and spreading illegal newspapers. From 1943 until the end of the war he studied at the Kunstnijverheidsschool (Arts school) in Amsterdam.
Towards the end of the war he was arrested for his illegal activities and was imprisoned in the 'SS- und Polizeigefängnis' at the Weteringschans.

After the Second World War, the Communist sympathiser Fritz Behrendt went to Yougoslavia to help and build the country. He visited there the Arts academy in Zagreb. in 1949 he went to the DDR on invitation of the East German government. Here he helped forming the organisation Freie Deutsche Jugend. In East Germany he developed himself as an drawer, illustrator and cartoonist. Later he was arrested and imprisoned for half a year under suspicion of aiding the Yougoslavian leader Tito. After he was released he disbanded his communist ideas and left to the Netherlands. He he became a well known illustrator and cartoonist for the newspapers Algemeen Nieuwsblad, the Parool and the Telegraaf.

Fritz Behrendt died on 4th December 2008.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Action:
Received for his part in the illegal press.
Verzetsherdenkingskruis (VHK)

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