“I shoot better than you!” she yelled to Germans before she was executed

 

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DUTCH RESISTANCE FIGHTER HANNIE SCHAFT SHOT BE THE GERMANS IN THE NETHERLANDS 3 WEEKS BEFORE END OF WORLD WAR TWO

WE MUST NEVER FORGET THE ORDINARY WOMEN AND MEN WHO FOUGHT IN THE RESISTANCE AGAINST THE GERMAN OCCUPIERS OF THEIR NATIONS IN WORLD WAR TWO.

LEST WE FORGET: HANNIE SCHAFT WE HONOR YOU MEMORY AND YOUR INCREDIBLE BRAVERY

From a Dutch website

“It is the evening of 17 April 1945. A truck leaves the Huis van Bewaring, a prison on the Amstelveenseweg in Amsterdam. The truck contains a Dutch driver, three German soldiers and the Dutch detective, Maarten Kuijper.

These men form the escort for one prisoner, a young Dutch woman of 24. They drive to the German Ortskommandantur in Haarlem where a soldier of the Feldgendarmerie (German military police) equipped with a shovel gets in. The truck moves off again and the new man gives directions to the beach at Overveen, a few miles away. The truck stops near the beach where a path leads into the sand dunes.

Kuijper and the German, Mattheus Schmitz, lead their prisoner into the dunes, the man with the shovel bringing up the rear. Schmitz, who is walking a few paces behind the girl, draws his pistol and fires, she cries out in pain but does not fall. Kuijper, seeing she has a wound to the head but is still standing, levels his machine pistol and takes his turn. This time the bullets find their mark and the young woman falls dead.

Kuijper then helps the Gefreiter (US Army equivalent private first class) bury the body in a shallow grave, they are keen to be done with their work and in their haste long strands of red hair are left protruding from the sand.”

She was given a state funeral on 27 November 1945 in the presence of Queen Wilhelmina who called her the “symbol of the Resistance”.

http://www.haarlemshuffle.com/history/topic.php?id=12

Link to documentary about Hannie Schaft is here

http://www.teenagefilm.com/archives/archive-fever/hannie-schaft-resistance-fighter/

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Charles McCain

Charles McCain is a Washington DC based freelance journalist and novelist. He is the author of "An Honorable German," a World War Two naval epic. You can read more of his work on his website: http://charlesmccain.com/