A war memorial at an unexpected location: On march 2nd 1945 the German occupier executed 46 political prisoners here by a firing squad. They came from all over the country and were kept in the "Kruisberg" prison at Doetinchem. This brute action was a revenge for the liquidation of four German soldiers by a resistance group, which operated from "de Bark" farmhouse on the border between Dinxperlo and Aalten.
The 46 body's of the victims were buried on the day of the fusillade at the General Cemetery at Varsseveld. Later four of them have been reburied at the Ereveld at Loenen, one at the cemetery at Varsseveld and the others in their own home town. On the war memorial at the prinses Irenestraat at Varsseveld all their names are mentioned.
At he spot of the liquidation grew the corn that year higher than elsewhere in the field. This corn has been harvested separately and is kept in the bell-glass.
Every year on march 2nd at 12:00 hrs, a solemn commemoration is held at this special location at the Rademakersbroek. For more information the town hall can be contacted.
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- Text: Arjan Vrieze
- Photos: Arjan Vrieze