Karl-Heinz Rosch


Karl-Heinz Rosch Famous memorial

Meissen, Landkreis Meißen, Saxony (Sachsen), Germany
Death 6 Oct 1944 (aged 18)
Goirle, Goirle Municipality, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands
Burial Ysselsteyn, Venray Municipality, Limburg, Netherlands
Memorial ID 59864024 View Source

Humanitarian. He is known as the "Hero with no Glory" after saving the lives of two Dutch children, Jan and Toos Kilsdonk. They were innocently playing in their yard while the Allied Army was bombing of the area. This eighteen-year-old soldier dashed to their aide and carried the children to safety. When he ran after his retreating comrades, a grenade hit him under his arm; it was exactly where he had just been carrying the children. His body was instantly destroyed. In 2008, a bronze statue was erected in his honor in a front garden in the tiny village of Riel, Netherlands at the corner of streets Dorpstraat and Beatrixstraat. Private funds paid for the statue; no governmental funds were available for a project that, after sixty years, still stirred painful memories of the Nazi Army invading the Netherlands. As one resident of the village stated, "We will not be honoring the Wehrmacht, but rather the humanity of a young German soldier." Sadly, his parents died before the details surrounding his death were released.

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  • Originally Created by: Fred
  • Added: 9 Oct 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 59864024
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Karl-Heinz Rosch (3 Oct 1926–6 Oct 1944), Find a Grave Memorial ID 59864024, citing Deutscher Soldatenfriedhof Ysselsteyn, Ysselsteyn, Venray Municipality, Limburg, Netherlands ; Maintained by Find a Grave .