Cornelis Krans
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Cornelis Krans


 1887-03-30 Hoogezand      1944-03-02 Helmond (56)
- Helden - initial resistance - L.O. - carillon -



Het Grote Gebod – L.O.

      Cornelis Krans lived on a farm in Helden and early in the war he sheltered already a Jewish family in an underground hiding place just a stone’s throw from his house. When, after the strikes of April and May 1943, which included the miners’ strike, hiding took on mass dimensions, the resistance movement in Venlo came up with the idea of setting up military training camps in the forests of North and Middle Limburg. For this purpose, Krans provided some dismountable chicken coops. These were set up in the woods behind the farm. Since the people in hiding did not take their own security very seriously, all sorts of rumors soon began to circulate. The consequences of so much gossip could not fail to be felt. In July 1943, a large German contingent raided the forest camp, which could be evacuated just in time.The inhabitants got off with a fright. But not Krans. He was arrested and taken to a prison in Germany. Seriously ill, he returned to the Netherlands, where he died in March 1944. (Dr. Fred Cammaert, speech on the occasion of the unveiling of the memorial plaque at the Peace Carillon).

    • Oorlogsgravenstichting.nl
    • https://www.4en5mei.nl/oorlogsmonumenten/zoeken/2128/helden-bovensbos-monument
    wall: left, row 20 #05