Veen, Gerrit Jan van der

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Veen, Gerrit Jan van der Gender: M
born on 26 November 1902 at 09:00 (= 09:00 AM )
Place Amsterdam, Netherlands, 52n22, 4e54
Timezone LST m4e53 (is standard time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Astrodienst
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_sagcol.18.gif 03°10' s_mo.18.gif s_libcol.18.gif 21°33 Asc.s_sagcol.18.gif 17°20'

Gerrit Jan van der Veen (De Eendracht Van Het Land designed by Gerrit Jan van der Veen, posthumously sculptured by G.W. Harmsen.)
photo: Brbbl (talk), license gfdl


Dutch sculptor, WW2 hero and resistance leader.

During the German occupation of the Netherlands in WW2, he refused to become a member of the Kulturkammer. He went underground and became a leading figure in the Dutch resistance. He set up the De Persoonsbewijzencentrale (PBC), where persecuted people could get a falsified identity cards. To get the blanco identity cards and the for food needed distribution cards, he erected a fighting gang that robbed distribution offices (see events) and state printing offices, as did his Johannes Post.

With Willem Arondeus, he was the master brain of the 27 March 1943 attack on the municipal archive of Amsterdam. There aim was to destroy the the records of some 70.000 Amsterdam Jews, so that the Nazi's could not trace from the archives. The operation partly succeeded, but most of the resistance fighters were caught.

He several times tried to get his captured mates free. In the night of 1/2 May 1944, 28 resistance fighters attacked the prison of Amsterdam. He was shot in a leg, but could escape. On 8 June 1944 he was arrested. He was executed by the Germans on 10 June 1944 in the dunes of Overveen.


Van der Veen married on 25 November 1931 the artist Louise Adriana van der Chijs (1909-1997). They got two daughters: Louise van der Veen (1933), an artist and Gerda van der Veen (1935-2006), a photographer who married Ed van der Elsken. He also had a son Gerrit Jan Wolffensperger, a politician from an extramarital affair.

Link to German Wikipedia


  • associate relationship with Post, Johannes (born 4 October 1906). Notes: Gang leaders
  • business associate/partner relationship with Arondeus, Willem (born 22 August 1894)


  • Relationship : Marriage 25 November 1931 (Louise Adriana van der Chijs)
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  • Work : Prize 1936 (Silver medal Prix de Rome)
  • Crime : Assault/ Battery Perpetration 10 February 1943 in Amsterdam (ser Municipal Archive on fire)
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  • Death by Execution 10 June 1944 in Overveen
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  • Family : Adopted a child 9 August 1944 at 01:00 AM in Amsterdam (Gerrit Jan Wolffensperger, BC by Schepel)
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Source Notes

Svi retrieved 26 November 1902 at 09:00 from the online Amsterdam municipal archive.

KNAW biography: Veen, Gerrit Jan van der (1902-1944)


  • Traits : Personality : Courageous
  • Personal : Death : Unusual (execution)
  • Vocation : Art : Other Art (sculptor)
  • Vocation : Military : Other Military (Resistance figther.)
  • Vocation : Politics : Activist/ political
  • Notable : Awards : Other Awards (Yad Vashem)
  • Notable : Famous : Historic figure