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Death of Dutch Resistance fighter Freddie Oversteegen

Discussion in 'History of Holland and Belgium during World War I' started by MichaelBully, Sep 19, 2018.

  1. MichaelBully

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    Obituary to Dutch Resistance Fighter Freddie Oversteegen 6th September 1925- 5th September 2018 in 'The Independent.'
    Interesting piece, though a bit sensationalist, about Freddie Overstegen, who joined the Resistance when she was 14. So born in 1925, must have got active in the Summer of 1940. A contemporary of Hannie Schaft, who was better known, Freddie's sister Truus Oversteegen, two years her senior, was also active in the Resistance .



    " Freddie Oversteegen: Dutch resistance fighter who lured Nazi soldiers into deadly ambushes

    She and her comrades coaxed members of the SS into traps where they would be executed



    " She was 14 when she joined the Dutch resistance, though with her long, dark hair in braids she looked at least two years younger.

    When she rode her bicycle down the streets of Haarlem in North Holland, firearms hidden in a basket, Nazi officials rarely stopped to question her. When she walked through the woods, serving as a lookout or leading her SS target to a secluded place, there was little indication that she carried a handgun and was preparing an execution.

    The Dutch resistance was widely believed to be a man’s effort in a man’s war. If women were involved, the thinking went, they were likely doing little more than handing out anti-German pamphlets or newspapers.

    Yet Freddie Oversteegen and her sister Truus, two years her senior, were rare exceptions – a pair of teenage women who took up arms against Nazi occupiers and Dutch “traitors” on the ...

    https://www.independent.co.uk/news/...-germany-netherlands-occupation-second-world-
     
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    Couldn't get to the link you posted for some reason.
    Historian posted a similar one at:
    Freddie Oversteegen
    to the daily mail would be interesting to compare the articles though.
     
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    The link's not working for me either.
     
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    Working now. A lot more detail than mine, good read.
     
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