Gerrit Jan van der Gronden <i>(Gerrit)</i>
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Gerrit Jan van der Gronden is listed in the Resistance Memorial on the
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Gerrit Jan van der Gronden (Gerrit)

 13-12-1895 Dordrecht      02-01-1943 Neuengamme (47)
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    On November 6, 1897, at the age of almost two years, he moved with his parents and siblings from Dordrecht to Vlissingen, his mother’s birthplace, see civil registry card Vlissingen [1]. On 29 May 1906 to Vaals, on 19 June 1917 to Houthem (from 1941 on municipality of Valkenburg-Houthem) [2].
    Driver and mechanic at the GGD (municipal medical service) of Maastricht, married. As a driver, he also disseminated banned writings. He helped people to flee and provided medical care when needed. All this in collaboration with his brother Abraham Cornelis van der Gronden. [3]
    He took care of Jewish people in hiding, was arrested on Jan, 13th 1942. [7]
    Cammaert wrote in chapter 10 [4]: “in his garage on the Heugemer Weg in Maastricht he made copies of De Vonk, the Limburg edition of De Waarheid.” … “member of the Municipal Air Protection Service.” “ … Arrested “on january 13th, 1942” … “He died on December 5th 1942 in the Neuengamme concentration camp.” (near Hamburg), aged 47. His brother Abraham Cornelis van der Gronden participated in the sub-district of Valkenburg of the LO.
    He is listed in the “Erelijst 1940-1945” (Honor Roll of the Dutch Parliament).  [5]


    1. Burgerlijke Stand Vlissingen
    2. Archief Oorlogsgravenstichting (@ Nationaal archief), Dossier Gerrit van der Gronden #2
    3. ARCH00347.148 Image 31-34
    4. Dr. Fred Cammaert, Het Verborgen Front – Geschiedenis van de georganiseerde illegaliteit in de provincie Limburg tijdens de Tweede Wereldoorlog, Groningen 1994,
      10 De C.P.N. en de illegaliteit, 465 KB
    5. Erelijst 1940-1945
    8. More in our story Resistance in Valkenburg