Karl Zaicsek /Zaiczek (Karel “Koenen”)
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Karl Zaicsek /Zaiczek is listed in the Resistance Memorial on the
central wall, row 03 #02

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Karl Zaicsek /Zaiczek (Karel “Koenen”)

 18-07-1921 Pecsbanyatelep/Pécs      12-09-1944 Sittard (23)
- Geleen - Raad van Verzet (RVV) - Couriers of the Resistance -

dirkdeklein.net …

    Karl Zaicsek’s parents moved from Hungary to Lindenheuvel in Geleen. It is not known when exactly Karl and his parents came to Geleen. All we know is that Karl’s father died on February 9th, 1939. Karl was only 17 at the time. So presumably it was up to him then to provide for his family. He got a job in a mine. His resistance in the organisation Raad van Verzet (Resistance Council) consisted of the distribution of illegal literature and courier services such as ammunition transportation and delivery of food to those who were in hiding.
    On September 12, a Schutztruppe stopped him during an illegal transport of food. A short time later he was murdered near Hoensbroek or in the border region near Sittard. [1]
    Karel is not considered a Dutch resistance fighter or war victim by the OGS (War Graves Foundation) as he did not have Dutch citizenship. His brother applied for and received it after the war. Page 2 of the required draft law states:
    The Hungarian applicant referred to in Article 1(15), István Zaiczek, was born in Pecs (Hungary) in 1926. He came to our country with his parents at the age of four, received a Dutch education and has always lived in our country. He is integrated into the Dutch national community. The applicant’s behavior during the war years was good. His brother and housemate lost his life as a resistance fighter. The applicant earns his living as a miner / machine fitter. [2]
    However, Karel is mentioned on the resistance memorial on the Cauberg in Valkenburg (click on the photo on the far right) and on the war memorial in Geleen-Lindenheuvel. [3]


    1. Dr. F. Cammaert, Het Verborgen Front – Geschiedenis van de georganiseerde illegaliteit in de provincie Limburg tijdens de Tweede Wereldoorlog. Doctorale scriptie 1994, Groningen
      9. De Raad van Verzet in het Koninkrijk der Nederlanden, p. 971
    2. Bijlagen 1948 1—3 Tweede Kamer Ontwerp van Wet tot naturalisatie van Emma Luise Behrmann en 19 anderen.
    3. Oorlogsmonument, Geleen-Lindenheuvel
    4. https://dirkdeklein.net/2020/04/07/karlkarel-zaicsek-defiant-immigrant-miner/
    5. https://www.wo2slachtoffers.nl/bio/56599/Zaicsek-Karl-Karel.htm