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Meat supply to the people in hiding

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The story below from Pierre Schunck’s notes is not dated by him. But we can somewhat determine the time: the district meetings no longer took place in the hospital, but they took place. So it must have been in the year 1943, see also Meetings.

L.O. Contacts 1940-1944
Sub-District 8 District Z 18

Farmers as cooperators in the meat supply of the people in hiding.

At a district meeting in Joe Seelen’s house on Valkenburgerweg in Heerlen, sausages were distributed to the present sub-district leaders and district staff. The district management was able to be so generous because recently domestic cows had died of an illness and had been declared unsuitable for consumption. However, this did not mean that these cows were stuffed into sausages and given to people in hiding. In such cases, the procedure was as follows:

Imagine a farmer had a sick cow in his stable or a cow that died. Then he called his veterinarian. If the animal had to be killed by order of the veterinarian, he issued a certificate stating the ear tag number of the cow that died. With this document, the farmer could get a new cow. He was supposed to take the carcass to a collection point, where a capper’s car would come to pick it up.

A trustworthy farmer from the area (who usually also had hidden people at his farm) secretly took this carcass away from the collection point and put it in his own stable. The ear tag was carefully removed and replaced by another one, from an own cow. The cow, whose ear tag had been given to the carcass, was then destined to be slaughtered in secret. Then the vet was brought to the carcass and the same cow was registered again, but now with this farmer’s earmark number, as dead. The cows’ bookkeeping remained correct and they still had extra meat.
It has happened that the same carcass has served several times as a meat supplier, even so much that the veterinarian Quadvlieg from Valkenburg once said: “Now you have to stop with this poor animal and look for another one, this one is stinking too much for me. "

When the newspaper issued a warning for the umpteenth time not to buy meat from secret slaughtering because it would come from a cow that had died from a dangerous disease and whose carcass would have been stolen from the concealer’s collection point, then our hidden people had a good piece of meat again.

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