In May 1944 the resistance in Sliedrecht killed 2 Dutch NSB people (national socialistic confederation). The Germans went crazy and to stop the Dutch they took over 500 young boys from Sliedrecht, Hardinxveld-Giessendam, Sleeuwijk, Werkendam and 'The Biesbosch', aged 18 until 25 years, as a hostage.
These boys (so-called Merwedegijzelaars) were transported tot Camp Amersfoort and were imprisoned overthere. Due to the need of labourers in Germany, the boys were send to Germany on the 7th of July. They were imprisoned in Arbeits Erziehungs Lager, (Education through Work) Working 12 hours a day, very bad hygienic circumstances, little food, very bad guardians who beat them (sometime till death followed), etc. etc.
At the end of the war over 26 of the boys had not survived. As a tribute to those 26 and all of the hostages, I have build this website.
Anja van der Starre