Theo Raafs
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Theo Raafs is listed in the Resistance Memorial on the
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Theo Raafs

 24-07-1924 Boekel      03-08-1943 Büderich (19)
- Weert - People in hiding -

    Theo Raafs was a gardener in Weert. He initially ignored a call for forced labor in Germany and went into hiding. After a personal visit by a policeman to his mother, he reported to the employment office. Possibly to avoid worse or because he believed that everything would not be so bad. He was arrested on the spot and deported to Germany the next day. Theo ended up as a forced laborer in Büderich, district of Grevenbroich-Neuss west of Düsseldorf. By far the largest factory in Büderich was the Böhler steelworks, where many Russian prisoners of war as well as forced laborers from the occupied territories worked. It was repeatedly bombed. For the office personnel, there was an advanced above-ground bunker with space for 95 persons. On August 23, 1943, Theo was killed in an Allied bombing raid.

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