On the 4th of May, the Netherlands celebrates the ‘Remembrance of the Dead’, where people commemorate those who have died during World War II. One of them was resistance fighter Hannie Schaft – also known as ‘the girl with the red hair’.
On April 17, 1945, less than three weeks before the liberation of the Netherlands, Hannie Schaft, a resistance fighter from Haarlem, was shot by the Germans in the dunes near Overveen. She was only 24 years old. This young woman who was also known as ‘the girl with the red hair’, had been active in the armed resistance and was responsible for the assassination of five collaborators. Hitler himself had demanded her arrest, urging the Sicherheitsdienst (SD) to find her. In his eyes she had made a mockery out of the German intelligence service. The SD succeeded and Schaft received the highest penalty for her ‘crimes’. She was one of the very few female resistance fighters executed by the German occupiers during WWII. Read full biography.
Picture: Noord Hollands Archief