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Dutch War Graves General Cemetery Sommelsdijk

On the General Cemetery in Sommelsdijk are some graves of civilian casualties of World War II.

Beschier Kieviet. Beschier died on October 16th 1943 in Kassel (Germany).

Collective grave of two men who were executed on January 7th 1945 in Rotterdam. This is the grave of Willem Vis van Heemst en Pieter Jacob Slis. Both men were prisoners in January 1945 in Rotterdam, they were along with eight other men executed as a reprisal because a German soldier was shot dead during a roberry on a villa on the Bergweg Zuid in Bergschenhoek. Although these men had nothing to do with this robbery they had been executed one day after the robbery.
On the General Cemetery in Sommelsdijk is a Dutch War Grave of a Resistance Fighter. This is the grave of Pieter Vogelaar. Pieter Vogelaar died on May 16th 1945 in Bauckloh-Lüdenscheid in Germany.

The grave has no headstone, the only marking is a yellow painted steel pipe in the ground. Not really an honorable burial place for a resistance fighter. This grave marker is a choice of the family, the grave is privately owned. Because it is privately owned, there is no involvement of the Dutch War Graves Foundation possible.

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  • Text: TracesOfWar.nl
  • Photos: Adri Kramer