Stumbling stones Hoogeindsestraat 4
During the Second World War it is known to residents of Helmond that at [towid] 123737, the address is Hoogeindsestraat 4 [/ towid] Jews. This Jewish family is said to be very careless. Andries Koppens and his wife Marie Koppens-van Leeuwen and their daughter Milly have lived in Den Bosch since 1936 and after September 1942 they decide to go into hiding in the Apeldoorn area. At some point it is no longer safe there and they go to Helmond. They move into a house belonging to the Helmond Dijckmans family. The Koppens family hides, but Andries, who is used to a lot of freedom, has a hard time with that. In the evening he thinks he is safe and sometimes "gets a breath of fresh air". An unwise move: the Koppens family is betrayed.
The police report book states that in the afternoon of July 28, 1943 three Jewish persons were arrested in Helmond at the address Hoogeindsestraat 4. According to eyewitnesses, mother and daughter are dragged out of the house screaming.
According to information from the Jewish Council, the Koppens family was deported to Auschwitz on November 15, 1943 from Camp Vught. No selection will be made upon arrival in Auschwitz. The entire shipment is quarantined for six weeks. In the women's barracks, typhoid fever, dysentery and other diseases break out. In January 1944 several selections are held and many men are employed in the coal mines of Janina and Fürstengrube. The death date of Andries Koppens is set by the Red Cross on January 31, 1944. Marie Koppens-van Leeuwen and Milly Koppens are also no longer alive on January 31, 1944.
The bicycle route in Helmond is a collaboration between Death Valley De Peel of the Museum Klok & Peel, Heemkundekring Helmont, Stichting Helmond September 25, 1944 and TracesOfWar.nl. The route consists of a number of points, not all of which have a sign.
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- Text: TracesOfWar.nl
- Photos: Jeroen Koppes (1, 2), Death Valley De Peel (3)