Sunday, March 10, 2019

Girl Who Executed Nazis After Seducing Them Dies Aged 92

A World War II heroine who used her harmless appearance to gain the trust of Nazis before executing them has died in The Netherlands, aged 92.
Freddie Oversteegen was born in Haarlem, near Amsterdam on September 6, 1925 and raised by her communist mother.
She was just 14 when she joined the Dutch resistance, the Daily Mail reports.
Together with her older sister Truus and their friend Hannie Schaft, she blew up bridges and railway tracks with dynamite, smuggled Jewish children out of concentration camps and executed as many Nazis as she could, using a firearm hidden in the basket of her bike.

Freddie Oversteegen, Dutch resistance fighter who killed Nazis through seduction, has died at 92. Photo / National Hannie Schaft Foundation

The female members of the Dutch resistance are often overlooked, and it was and still is often thought of as a man's effort.
However, this kind of thinking proved to be a fatal mistake to many Nazi men, who did not recognise the threat posed by the Oversteegen sisters as they rode their bikes around Haarlem in North Holland, scouting out targets or acting as lookouts for other executions.
Both Oversteegen sisters survived the war. Truus found work as an artist, and was inspired to write a memoir and based on her experiences in the resistance. She died in 2016.
Freddie told Vice that she coped with the traumas of the war "by getting married and having babies".
She married Jan Dekker and their three children survive her, as do her four grandchildren.
However, their friend Hannie Schaft, a onetime law student with fiery red hair, was captured and executed by the Nazis just weeks before they surrendered.
In her honour, Truus Oversteegen founded the National Hannie Schaft Foundation in 1996. Freddie served as a board member.
"Schaft became the national icon of female resistance," said Jeroen Pliester, the foundation's chairman. Her story was taught to Dutch children and retold in a 1981 film, "The Girl With the Red Hair".
To the sisters, being in the resistance was a source of pride - they would never regret it - but also of pain.
"It was tragic and very difficult and we cried about it afterwards," Truus said, about the feeling of having killed somebody. "We did not feel it suited us — it never suits anybody, unless they are real criminals.
"One loses everything. It poisons the beautiful things in life."
The Dutch newspaper IJmuider Courant, reported that Freddie once told an interviewer: "I've shot a gun myself and I've seen them fall. And what is inside us at such a moment? You want to help them get up."
In recent years, Freddie had suffered from several heart attacks at the nursing home in Driehuis where she lived - about five miles outside Haarlem.


Anonymous said...

She was born in Harlem. Explains everything. I wonder why nobody else thought of blowing up train tracks? Too busy segregating African Americans in Harlem I guess.

Anonymous said...

Haarlem in the Netherlands, not Harlem in New York.

Anonymous said...

A heroine.

Frum but normal said...

We could use some heroes like them right now here in the U.S,to take out and eliminate the Jew haters and Nazis of this generation,namely some of the extreme leftist from the DemonRat party,and we all know who they are,yes some of them are Jewish,and of course the other evil Jew hating bastards the evil monsters of Neturai Karta