Charles Joseph Nijst ()
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Charles Joseph Nijst


 05-03-1916 Kerkrade      18-01-1944 AEL Groß-Beeren, Kreis Teltow (27)
- Studenten - Forced Labor - Initial resistance - Valkenburg - Underground Press -



Oorlogsgravenstichting

    Charles Nijst was a student at the Katholieke Economische Hogeschool (Catholic College of Economics) in Tilburg. [1]
    The no longer existing weekly newspaper Het Land van Valkenburg wrote about him: He refused to sign a declaration of loyalty and went into hiding. Arrested (date unknown) for spreading illegal literature.
    He was arrested by the Gestapo. [2]
    In a list of students who died during or as a result of their forced labor in Germany between 1943-1945, Charles Nijst is mentioned with the words: Employed at the Arado Flugzeug Werke in Brandenburg upon Havel. Was arrested on October 6, 1943. The reason was a statement in a private conversation held at the beginning of September. He was sentenced to two months in prison. Around 15 December the family received a message from the Swedish Society that Nyst had not been released, but transferred to a Arbeitserziehungslager in Gross Beeren and from there to the concentration camp in Sachsenhausen near Oranienburg. In the meantime on 18 February 1944 the family in Maastricht was informed that on January 18th, 1944 he had succumbed from ‘Herzschwäche’ (cardiac insufficiency) in Gross Beeren. [3]
    Cemetery on Ruhlsdorfer Straße in Großbeeren [5]
    On the Roll of Honor he is erroneously named Charles Henri Emile Nijst. [4]
    Charles Joseph Nijst is listed in the Erelijst 1940-1945 (Honor Roll of the Dutch Parliament). [4]

    Footnotes

    1. vpnd.nl/bronnen Arbeidsinzet Studenten †1943-1945, p.7
    2. Archief Oorlogsgravenstichting (@ Nationaal archief),
      Dossier • Charles Joseph Nijst #8
    3. De Valkenburgse gevallenen, weekblad „Het Land van Valkenburg“, 13 sept. 1974
    4. Erelijst 1940-1945
    5. Oorlogsgravenstichting.nl
    6. More in our story Resistance in Valkenburg