Lennep, Hugo van.

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Lennep, Hugo van, born 17-04-1913 in Salatiga, Java, East India, to  Herman van Lennep and Olga Benda..Hugo lived with his mother and sisters Helena Olga (1914) and Anna (1917) during his secondary school days at 28 Crayenesterlaanin Haarlem. Hugo played hockey at the BMHC (Bloemendaal-Musschen-Haarlem-Combination).

On 04-09-1939, his mother left with his two sisters on the m.s. Orange from Amsterdam to Java, where his father was Director of the Governmentnements Agricultural companies in Batavia. Hugo then went on to study in Delft to be a structural engineer.

During the mobilization 1939-1940, Hugo van Lennep, as a mobilized.Sergeant, part of the 4th Section VII the Searchlight  Division against Airborne goals. Hugo was also present with his department during the May days of 1940 active in the defense of Ypenburg airfield against enemy Germans air raids and the subsequent battle against the landed paratroopers. While collecting provisions at Binckhorst Castle, three of his mates were shot. This may have motivated him to join the resistance. Hugo designed a monument for them, which was erected in August 1940 in the castle’s garden and unveiled.

After the capitulation of the Dutch armed forces, Hugo returned to Delft to complete his studies in civil engineering. In the spring of1943 he refused to sign the declaration of loyalty. Shortly afterwards he gave a no in the calls for employment and captivity. He went into hiding in The Hague.

Hugo van Lennep became involved in the resistance of the Delft students. He made illegal radio stations and provided the “De Bezige Bij” publishing house publication of the booklet ‘Moffenspiegel’./ “Nazimirror” He also worked for “Het Parool”, newspaper and delivered messages.

Death and burial ground of Lennep, Hugo van.


At the end of 1944 he decided, together with Dick Geerlings, to cross the major rivers to cross to liberated Netherlands. Two attempts failed. At the third attempt, this time also in the company of Jan Dirk van Bilderbeek, they were arrested by the Germans in Dordrecht at the beginning of January 1945 at Dubbeldam locked up and taken to Scheveningen prison (Oranjehotel).

On 17-02-1945 they were removed without explanation and placed on the Waalsdorpervlakte executed. For a long time there was uncertainty about the fate of Hugo, age 31 and his friends.

His family in the Dutch East Indies survived the war and they found each other again. In 1946 his mother and sisters left for the Netherlands and searched in vain to Hugo.

Two years later it turned out that the men on the Waalsdorpervlakte  had been shot and were dug up.

. He was found in grave 264 and was on Friday 25-04-1947 reburied on the Eerebegraafplaats/cemetery of honor of Bloemendaal in Overveen, in Section 39.

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