Bernhard Holty /Holtij
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All the fallen resistance people in Limburg


Bernhard Holty /Holtij

 1890-11-29 Amsterdam      1942-01-10 Neuengamme (51)
- Maastricht - CPN - underground press -

Maastrichtse Gevelstenen

    The father of Bernard Theodoor Adolf Holty was German. In the Netherlands his name was often spelled as Holtij. After the death of his parents, Bernard moved in with his brother Franz and lived with him in Cologne for an unknown period of time. He was a carpenter and was exempted from military service because of his poor health. Married on November 28, 1929, to Maria Lipowsek, a German. It is not known when they settled in Maastricht, but there he joined in 1935 the Communist Party and became secretary of the local chapter of the VVSU (Association of Friends of the Soviet Union). He was arrested for the first time on February 28, 1941, on suspicion of being involved in the February strike, but was released after a month. He printed and distributed forbidden reading, including De Vonk.
    On June 25, 1941, he was ambushed while guiding Jews across the border. With two resistance comrades, he ended up in the Schoorl camp (North Holland), Amersfoort, and later Neuengamme (collective name for a series of German camps near Hamburg). Prisoner number 06933, he died in the main camp.

    wall: left, row 33 #01