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Dutch (Jewish an General) War Graves Hattem

Hattem Jewish Cemetery, located next to Hattem General Cemetery, contains the collective grave of Abraham van Gelder and Elisabeth van Gelder-Bakker.

Together with their children they were hided on Molecaten near Hattem, togehther with some other Jewish families. Because of their dangerous behaviour, the children were brought to a hiding-place elsewere. Because of the separation with their childeren, the couple also behaved more and more dangerous, willing to do everything to bring the familiy together again.

On 22 April 1944, the risk of treason by the way the parents behaved became so big that the resistance decided to liquidate them. They were killed the same night and were buried in the forest. After the war they were reburied at the Jewish Cemetery.

On the general part of the cemetery is the grave of Jan Karel Wendt, resistance fighter and one of the 117 executed on March 8, 1945. He died at Woeste Hoeve, as a result of a revenge action on the attack on Hans Albin Rauter, the highest SS. in the Netherlands.

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  • Text: Fedor de Vries, Dick de Bruijne (deel verzetsstrijder)
  • Photos: Arjan Vrieze (1, 5), Fedor de Vries (2, 3), Dick de Bruijne (4)

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