Wiardi Beckman, Herman Bernard

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Wiardi Beckman, Herman Bernard Gender: M
born on 4 February 1904 at 17:00 (= 5:00 PM )
Place Nijmegen, Netherlands, 51n50, 5e51
Timezone LST m4e53 (is standard time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Astrodienst
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_aqucol.18.gif 14°28' s_mo.18.gif s_vircol.18.gif 26°45 Asc.s_leocol.18.gif 17°40'

Herman Bernard Wiardi Beckman


Dutch politician and resistance fighter during the Second World.

Wiardi Beckman came from a patrician family. His great-grandfather Meindert Wiardi Beckman was Minister for Reformed Worship from 1857 to 1858 and member of the Council of State (1858-1863), his father Jacob Wiardi Beckman (7 February 1869, Amsterdam) was a neurologist and psychiatrist and his mother Everdina Suzanna Kuenen came from a line of scientists. They married 13 September 1866 in Amsterdam.

On 3 December 1927 he married Maria Petronella Margaretha Wackie Eysten, with whom he had three daughters.

Influenced by his mother, Wiardi fell under the spell of socialism. The later party chairman of the Labor Party Marinus van der Goes of Naters encouraged Wiardi Beckman to become a member of the SDAP as an eighteen-year-old . At that time, Wiardi Beckman studied history at Leiden University with the renowned historian Johan Huizinga and was an active member of the Leiden student corps. Later he was recruited by the party board of the SDAP to help Pieter Jelles Troelstra complete his memoirs . After the death of Troelstra in 1930, Wiardi Beckman wrote the last part of it.

He then joined the Social-democratic newspaper Het Volk, first as assistant editor-in-chief and later (1937-1940) as general political editor-in-chief. In 1937 he also became a member of the Senate. In the mobilization in September 1939, Wiardi Beckman volunteered to the army. In May 1940 he was seconded to the General Staff and he was one of the authors of the proclamation in which General Winkelman communicated the capitulation to the Dutch people.

During the occupation, Wiardi was a member of the editorial staff of the illegal newspaper Het Parool (today, still the most important newspaper of Amsterdam).

In the night of 17 to 18 January 1942 he was arrested with Frans Goedhart on the beach near Scheveningen in an attempt to escape from England at the request of 'London'. He was summoned by Queen Wilhelmina to become a member of the war cabinet. He stayed at the Natzweiler "Nacht und Nebel" and Dachau concentration camps. In Dachau he met Nico Rost on 2 October 1944. Rost and Beckman held discussions about journalism and the desirable political situation in the Netherlands after the war.

Wiardi Beckman died of typhoid fever at the age of 41 on the night of March 14 to 15, 1945 in Dachau . One of his fellow prisoners, the poet Ed. Hoornik , later wrote in an in memoriam:

"Toen schoof hij zacht zijn arm onder de mijne door. / Zeg mij – zijn stem werd warm – aan wien ik toebehoor." (Then he gently slid his arm under mine. / Tell me - his voice became warm - to whom I belong.)

The scientific bureau of the Dutch Labor Party PvdA is named after him: the Wiardi Beckman Foundation (WBS, WB Stichting). The foundation published the magazine Socialisme & Democratie (Socialism & Democracy) since 1970. It became a breeding place for promising left wing Dutch politicians.

Link to Dutch wikipedia


  • business associate/partner relationship with Rost, Nico (born 21 June 1896). Notes: Political prisoners in Dachau
  • friend relationship with Hoornik, Eduard (born 9 March 1910). Notes: Prisoners in Dachau Nazi concentration camp.
  • has other family relationship with Halsema, Femke (born 25 April 1966). Notes: The WBS became a breeding place for promising left wing Dutch politicians.
  • has other family relationship with Troelstra, Pieter Jelles (born 20 April 1860). Notes: helped Pieter Jelles Troelstra complete his memoirs


  • Death by War or Terrorism 15 March 1945 at 12:00 midnight in Dachau concentration camp (Victim of the Nazi teror.)
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Source Notes

Svi retrieved the BC from the online municipal archive of Nijmegen: 4 February 1904 at 17:00.



  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Other Major diseases (Typhoid fever was endemic in under the poor hygenic circumstances of Dachau.)
  • Vocation : Politics : Public office (Dutch senate)
  • Notable : Awards : Other Awards (Posthumously he was awarded the Resistance Cross 1940-1945.)