Adrianus Reinardus Nas (Janus)
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Adrianus Reinardus Nas (Janus)


 27-04-1909 Rotterdam      23-09-1943 Wassenaar, Waalsdorpervlakte (34)
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    Janus Nas was a warehouse worker [1] and a full-time functionary of the Communist Party Netherlands (CPN). [2]
    Unless otherwise noted, the following information is from Cammaert. [1].
    In August 1941, the top of the CPN sent him to the Dutch coal-mining area (Mijnstreek) in Limburg. Lived with Lubbert Bos. Jagt, Bos, and Nas were responsible for the distribution of De Vonk and were assisted by at least one hundred delivery people.
    On May 29, 1942, in connection with the theft of a bicycle, the Schaesberg police arrested De Vonk distributor F.E. Scheper from W. Gerards’ group, who received the newspapers from S. Rinzema. Scheper’s house was threatened with a search, and he confided in M. Driessen, a municipal policeman. He asked him to ask his wife to burn the remaining copies of De Vonk. The municipal policeman informed Mayor K. Brouwers, a Dutch Nazi. Dozens of De Vonk distributors from Schaesberg, Nieuwenhagen, Heerlen, and Waubach (now Ubach over Worms) were arrested on Saturday, May 30, 1942. On June 26, 1942, Nas managed to escape from his guards J. Gouman and J. Weekhout during the transport to Maastricht, and he returned to Zuid-Holland. There he was arrested in February 1943 after all and imprisoned in the so-called Oranjehotel, see death book Oranjehotel. [5]
    He was shot on the nearby Waalsdorpervlakte in the dunes, together with his comrade Jacob Boekman. With Nas out, contact with the national party leadership was lost. He is mentioned on a memorial stele at the Crooswijk municipal cemetery in Rotterdam. He is buried there in grave CC-724. [2]
    Adrianus Reinardus ( Janus ) Nas is listed in the Erelijst 1940-1945 (Honor Roll of the Dutch Parliament). [3]

    Footnotes

    1. Dr. F. Cammaert, Het Verborgen Front – Geschiedenis van de georganiseerde illegaliteit in de provincie Limburg tijdens de Tweede Wereldoorlog. Doctorale scriptie 1994, Groningen
      10. De C.P.N. en de illegaliteit, p.1001 ff.
    2. Archief Oorlogsgravenstichting (@ Nationaal archief), Dossier Janus Nas #4
    3. Erelijst 1940-1945
    4. Oorlogsgravenstichting.nl
    5. https://www.nationaalarchief.nl/onderzoeken/archief/2.19.136/invnr/3/file/NL-HaNA_2.19.136_3_0016-00002000003_015