Albertus Jacobus Schers <i>(Albert)</i>
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Albertus Jacobus Schers is listed in the Resistance Memorial on the
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Albertus Jacobus Schers (Albert)

 25-06-1924 Helden      01-05-1945 Sandbostel (20)
- Helden - Aid to People in Hiding L.O. -


    Albert was a farmer’s son and helped support the people in hiding in the camp in the Bovensbos near Cornelis Krans.
    A Dutch Nazi who had discovered the camp in July 1943 and reported it to the police and party comrades was liquidated by order of the camp command. A completely unnecessary and even fatal decision, as it would turn out.
    While the camp was being evacuated, after a warning by the police, some Sipo officers arrived from Maastricht. However, they did not dare to enter the forest before the reinforcements arrived. So they first went to the Krans farm:
    The Sipo arrested the Krans-Dorenbos couple and their son Gerrit. A neighbor boy, Albert Schers, who occasionally brought milk to the camp, was also arrested. The same fate befell the Jewish De Jong family from Nijmegen, a married couple with a daughter, who were housed in an underground hiding place near the farm. [1]
    For more information on the events in the Bovensbos, please read the page on the Bovensbos monument. [2]
    In Maastricht and Amersfoort he was harshly questioned about the escaped hiders, but he knew nothing that was not already known. He was released again, probably with the intention of shadowing him. Therefore he went into hiding in Sevenum. Arrested at his hiding address on 08 April 1944. [3]
    He ended up again in Maastricht and Amersfoort, on 11 October 1944 in Neuengamme and in April 1945 Sandbostel. [3]
    KZ Gedenkstätte Neuengamme wrote: In April 1945, the SS housed prisoners from Neuengamme concentration camp in a separate part of the prisoner-of-war camp Stalag XB Sandbostel. About 9500 men, many of them from the subcamps in Bremen, Wilhelmshaven and Emsland, spent the last weeks of their captivity in Sandbostel. Rations and supplies were inadequate, and many prisoners died, especially since a typhus epidemic also broke out in Sandbostel. [4]
    Liberated in Sandbostel on 29 April 1945 [5], but died before his return. It was not possible to recover his mortal remains. Due to the large number of dead in the camp, even after liberation, they had to be buried in mass graves as quickly as possible because of the typhus epidemic. [6]
    This person is listed in the “Erelijst 1940-1945” (Honor Roll of the Dutch Parliament). [8]


    1. Dr. F. Cammaert, Het Verborgen Front – Geschiedenis van de georganiseerde illegaliteit in de provincie Limburg tijdens de Tweede Wereldoorlog. Doctorale scriptie 1994, Groningen
      8. De Ordedienst, pp.884-885
    2. Helden, ‘Bovensbos-monument’
    3. Digitaal Monument Neuengamme Albert Schers
    4. KZ Gedenkstätte Neuengamme: Sandbostel
    5. • NederlandsDeutschEnglishFrançaisEspañol
    6. Archief Oorlogsgravenstichting (@ Nationaal archief), Dossier Albert Schers #
    7. Biografie: De oorlog van Albert Schers (pdf)
    8. Erelijst 1940-1945