Hendrik Sikkes
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Hendrik Sikkes is listed in the Resistance Memorial on the
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Hendrik Sikkes

 24-11-1894 Gaasterland      31-05-1945 Bergen-Belsen (50)
- Aid to People in Hiding L.O. - Heerlen -

      Miner and helper of Jews, born November 24, 1894 in Mirns en Bakhuizen (in Gaasterland, Frisia). Married Marijke Teernstra on May 17, 1924 in Gaasterland. Despite their relative poverty, on May 7, 1944, they took in 19-year-old Martha de Lieme, who had gone into hiding and was part of the resistance. Marijke’s eldest son, from a previous marriage, betrays Martha after an argument. At the time of the arrest, their 8 children ranged in age from 5 to 18. Source: Gaasterland in de tweede wereldoorlog, het jaar 1944 (Gaasterland in the Second World War, the year 1944) Search after 19 JUNI.
      “As a result of treason, Nitsch, Conrad, and land guard M. Raeven arrested Mrs. B. Heddema, the Hardeveld family from Brunssum, H. Sikkes from Heerlen, and a number of Jews, not known by name on 19 June 1944. On September 1, the Hardeveld family was released. Mrs. Heddema was liberated in Innsbruck in early 1945. Sikkes died in Bergen-Belsen on May 31, 1945. Nothing is known about the fate of the arrested Jews." (Cammaert VIb, p. 671) Hendrik Sikkes was posthumously awarded the verzetsherdenkingskruis (resistance memorial cross), and on May 6, 1980 his wife Marijke received the Yad Vashem Order for her help to her Jewish contemporaries.

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