Boldewijn, Arend

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Boldewijn, Arend Gender: M
born on 22 September 1891 at 19:00 (= 7:00 PM )
Place Staphorst, Netherlands, 52n39, 6e13
Timezone LMT m6e13 (is local mean time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Astrodienst
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_vircol.18.gif 29°27' s_mo.18.gif s_gemcol.18.gif 02°21 Asc.s_taucol.18.gif 08°05'

Arend Boldewijn (his son Gerardus Johannes Boldewijn died at sea)


Dutch school teacher, a respected head of school, who was killed by the SD during the Nazi reprisal Action Silbertanne.

During WW2, Arend (E: Eagle) Boldewijn was a contact person of an armed group of Dutch resistance figthers, the Knopploeg Meppel. His sons Jan and Gerardus Johannes were part of it. They were involved with the transport to Spain of shot down, but rescued from (near) death parachuted RAF pilots, hiding Jews, robberies of town halls to get ration stamps for illegal persons and also with killing of people that were seen as life dangerous traitors.

In the night of 28 to 29 May 1943 Arend Boldwijn was picked up by SD men that interrogated him about his sons. He was tortured, but said nothing. That night he was killed and dumped along the road near Rouveen.

On his funëral, the school children sang Psalm 103: "As for man, his days are like grass; he flourishes like a flower of the field ; for the wind passes over it, and it is gone, and its place knows it no more."

That same night, two other innocent (of "illegal" activities suspected, but not by a judge convicted) men were executed by "Nazi Standrecht" in Meppel. It was the start of the retaliation Operation Silbertanne, in which SD and SS death squads tried to break the Dutch resistance. For every killed German soldier or Nazi sympathiser, many more respected Dutch civilians would be killed. But it did not affect the fighting spirit of his sons and caused a split in the NSB party.


He married on 26 August 1919 in Wamel, Adriana Maria Koekoek (9 May 1898, Rotterdam).

His son Gerardus Johannes Boldewijn (23 October 1921, Wamel) was captured mid 1944 and transported from Camp Amersfoort to concentration camp Neuegamme. Neuegamme was liberated on 2 May 1945 by British troops, but they found an empty camp as the prisoners and their SS quards had been sent away to Norway per prison ship. Gerardus Johannes Boldewijn was onboard of the crowded ocean liner SS Cap Arcona (1927)when it was attacked by English air-planes.

Most of the SS guards managed to jump overboard of the burning ship, but few prisoners. German trawlers rescued 16 sailors, 400 SS men, and 20 SS women. But only 350 of the 5,000 former concentration camp inmates aboard of the Cap Arcona survived. Some 270 Dutch war prisoners lost their life, including many men from the 1 October 1944 Putten raid (Dutch : wells) and "Sonny Boy" Waldemar Nods and Gerardus Johannes Boldewijn.

The RAF killing of about 5,000 people; with more than 2,000 further casualties in the sinkings of the accompanying vessels of the prison fleet; SS Deutschland and Thielbek was one of biggest single-incident maritime losses of life in the Second World War.


  • associate relationship with Dijkstra, Jan (born 24 February 1890)


  • Relationship : Marriage 26 August 1919 in Wamel (Adriana Maria Koekoek, born 9 May 1898, Rotterdam)
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  • Family : Adopted a child 24 July 1920 in Staphorst (Jan Boldewijn (hiding name Kees))
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  • Family : Adopted a child 23 October 1921 in Staphorst (Gerardus Johannes Boldewijn)
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  • Death of Child 5 September 1932 in Staphorst (Arend Boldewijn, b 1927)
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  • Other Crime 11 June 1943 in Stadskanaal (Son Jan involved with robbery of Municipal House of Stadskanaal)
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  • Death by Execution 29 September 1943 in Rouveen (Killed by SS man C.J. Minck)
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  • Death of Child 22 April 1945 at 4:00 PM in Hoogeveen (Adriaan Boldewijn, born 12 July 1932, Staphorst DC)
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Source Notes

Svi retrieved the BC from the municipal archive of Staphorst: 22 September 1891 at 19:00.

Het verzet in Meppel - Verzet en verraad - Drenthe in de oorlog


  • Traits : Personality : Principled strongly
  • Passions : Criminal Perpetrator : Other Criminal (Resistance figther)
  • Passions : Criminal Victim : Torture victim
  • Passions : Criminal Victim : Terrorism victim (Tortured and killed by Nazi's)
  • Personal : Religion/Spirituality : Western (Calvinist)
  • Vocation : Education : Administrator (Head of primary school)
  • Vocation : Education : Teacher