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 Willem Johan Cornelis “Smit” Arondeus

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Willem Johan Cornelis “Smit” Arondeus

Birth
Naarden, Gooise Meren Municipality, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
Death 1 Jul 1943 (aged 48)
Overveen, Bloemendaal Municipality, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
Burial Overveen, Bloemendaal Municipality, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
Plot Grave VI, Stele 5
Memorial ID 149117875 View Source
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Dutch resistance fighter during World War II. He was executed in the dunes near Overveen.

William Arondeus, a former artist, published his first novels and a biography of the painter Matthijs Maris during the late 1930s. In 1941 he began publishing the Brandaris Letter, an illegal mimeographed pamphlet in which he called on artists to defend themselves (by "boycott, mental sabotage and passive resistance") against National Socialism and the Chamber of Culture. From June 1942 Brandaris Letter was included in the new magazine The Free Artist, which was edited by M. van include Gilse and GJ van der Veen. Arondeus belonged to Van der Veen F. Duwaer to the core of the PBC, which was engaged in the counterfeiting of identity and the spread thereof. Because such falsification to check the identity cards of the population would immediately come to light, it was decided to carry out an attack on the Population of the municipality of Amsterdam. This attack, which Arondeus, Van der Veen, WJHB Sandberg and J. Brouwer were the principal organizers, took place on March 27, 1943. As a result of indiscretion of an employee was Arondeus, the first of the group, was arrested on 1 April. On June 18, he was - in his words as gay no less courageous than others - were sentenced to death and executed on July 1, 1943.


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