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Memorial Rock Coba Pulskens Tilburg

Resistance fighter Coba Pulskens (1884 – 1945) provided cover to Jews, allied aircrews and members of the resistance during the war. The memorial rock was unveiled on 27 October, 1984, thanks to an initiative of the people in the neighborhood. The stone was turned around a quarter and put in a paved square. Every year a memorial service takes place on this spot on 27 October.

Text on the memorial plaques:
- Jacques Stewart Nott, 26 years of age, R.A.F. Australia
- Ronald Arthur Walker, 21 years of age, R.A.F. England
- Roy Edward Carter, 23 years of age R.A.F. Canada

These three pilots have been executed at the home of the resistance fighter Coba Pulskens. Coba has been gassed in the concentration camp Ravensbrück in February 1945.

The three allied airmen were shot during their arrest on 9 July, 1944, when they were having lunch at the table of Coba Pulskens. The bodies were carried away in a trcuck by the Germans. The police of the city of Tilburg received an order of the SD (Sicherheits Dienst = German Intelligence) on 12 July, 1944, to carry the three bodies from the Elisabeth Gasthuis (hospital) to Camp Vught where they were cremated.

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  • Text: Ad Smulders
  • Photos: Dick de Bruijne (1, 2, 4), Peer Franken (3), Barry van Veen (5)