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Gröger, Karl Borromeus Richard Paul

    Date of birth:
    February 7th, 1918 (Vienna/Lower-Austria, Austria)
    Date of death:
    July 1st, 1943 (Overveen, the Netherlands)
    Buried on:
    Dutch Honorary Cemetery Bloemendaal
    Plot: 18. 
    Nationality:
    Austrian (1918-1938, Republic)

    Biography

    Karl Gröger was born in Vienna on 7th February 1918. As a stuent he was involved in the Austrian Social Democratic Student Union. After his education at the Gymnasium he studied medicine at the Vienna University. Short after he graduated in 1938 he fled to the Netherlandse. Here he continued studying medicine at the Amsterdam University.

    Being an Austrian, he was called for military service, short after the German forces occupied the Netherlands in May 1940, but was soon fired fro being partly Jewish. He then joined a resistance group around risistance fighter Gerrit van de Veen and he worked for the resistance newspaper "Rattenkruit". On 27th March 1943 he took part in the partly failed attempt to blow up the Amsterdam Civil Register. Gröger had to flee and went underground. Eventually he was captured by the Gestapo at his hiding adress and impridoned in the Headoffice of Police in Amsterdam. From there he was transferred to the Hague and convicted to death sentence by a police jury in 1943. A plee to release him was rejected by Heinrich Himmler and o 1st July 1943, Karl Gröger was executed in the dunes near Overveen, the Netherlands.

    His remains rest at the Honory Graveyard in Bloemendaal, the Netherlands, Gravepit VI (memorial stone 5), Graveplot 18.

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    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    Verzetstrijder (Resistance fighter)
    Awarded on:
    1986
    Details:
    Awarded posthumously.
    Yad Vashem-decoration
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Action:
    Received for activities as a resistance fighter.
    Details:
    Awarded posthumously.
    Verzetsherdenkingskruis (VHK)

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