Son Reconstructs Life of Father Who Died in Nazi Concentration Camps

Edouard De Jongh's quest to uncover his father Alphonse's untold story as a Belgian resistance fighter who died in Nazi concentration camps, ensuring the bravery of these unsung heroes is not forgotten.

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Son Reconstructs Life of Father Who Died in Nazi Concentration Camps

Son Reconstructs Life of Father Who Died in Nazi Concentration Camps

Edouard De Jongh, born in 1941 in Nazi-occupied Brussels, is on a mission to reconstruct the life of his father Alphonse, a resistance fighter who died in concentration camps during World War II. Alphonse was part of the Belgian resistance, but his actions remained a mystery to his wife Marthe, whom he wanted to protect.

In 1941, when Edouard was only two months old, the Gestapo came to take Alphonse away. Marthe was spared after they saw German sheet music on her piano. She struggled to raise Edouard alone, receiving help from Alphonse's grandmother. Alphonse's letters to Marthe described his difficult life in prison, and after his deportation to Germany, the family waited anxiously for his return, but he never came back.

Edouard and Marthe later learned that Alphonse had been involved in the resistance within the concentration camps, and he had even delivered the underground newspaper La Libre Belgique before his arrest. Edouard has been working to uncover more details about his father's story and the sacrifices made by resistance fighters like Alphonse during the war.

Why this matters:

As Edouard continues his research, he hopes to honor his father's memory and the memory of all those who fought against oppression during one of the darkest chapters in human history. "I want to understand what he went through and make sure his story is not lost," Edouard said. Through his work, he is keeping the legacy of the resistance alive for future generations.

Key Takeaways

  • Edouard De Jongh reconstructs his father Alphonse's life as a WWII resistance fighter.
  • Alphonse was arrested by the Gestapo in 1941 when Edouard was 2 months old.
  • Alphonse was involved in the resistance within concentration camps and distributed an underground newspaper.
  • Edouard's efforts shed light on untold stories of resistance fighters who opposed the Nazis.
  • Edouard aims to honor his father's memory and the legacy of the resistance movement.