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Ritzema, Rentje

Date of birth:
November 22nd, 1904 (Leens, Netherlands)
Date of death:
April 1st, 1945 (Leens, Netherlands)
Buried on:
Dutch War Grave General Cemetery Leens
Row: 7. Grave: 279.
Dutch (1815-present, Kingdom)


Rentje Ritzema was, together with his brother Martinus (former Mayor of Oldekerk, active in the Ordedienst, one of the Dutch resistance organisations against the Germans. On April 1st, 1945 the German Sicherheitsdienst entered the farm of Rentje at Leens where both Rentje and Martinus were at that moment. Rentje was shot by the Germans on the spot and Martinus was taken to the Huis van Bewaring (prison) in Groningen. He was executed at Bakkeveen on April 19th, 1945.

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