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Rosch, Karl-Heinz.
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Rosch, Karl-Heinz, born 03-10-1926 in Meißen, was a German Wehrmacht soldier who saved the lives of two  children on 06-10-1944.

Rosch was an unwanted child. When both his parents got married again, he spent the rest of childhood with his grandparents in Nerchau. He was very interested in nature and later wanted to become a forest ranger.

Shortly after Rosch had finished high school exams, he had to perform his military service in the German army. He was placed as a gunner with a Fallschirmjäger artillery regiment. He was stationed on a farm in Goirle in North Brabant; he got along well with the family who lived in the farm. On 06-10-1944, Rosch saved the lives of two children (4-year-old Jan and 5-year-old Toos Kilsdonk)

Death and burial ground of Rosch, Karl-Heinz.

On Friday, 06-10-1944, the village vibrates. Allies and Germans are battling. In the yard, Toos (5) and Jantje Kilsdonk (4) play at the well. A source of happiness? Karl-Heinz Rosch and his comrades run out of the farm on their way to their cannon. They see the children in the yard. Everyone runs further, except the German from the porcelain city. He takes Toos and Jantje under his arm and hurries to the basement, where he reunites the children with their mother. Moments later, Karl-Heinz runs out again. But yard and death are close together: a mortar shell hits.  hit him under his arm; it was exactly where he had just been carrying the children. Karl-Heinz is hit deadly. He is eighteen years old and three days old. The broken-up body of Rosch was buried at the farm where he was billeted. Rosch was reburied in 1948 at the German military cemetery in Ysselsteyn.

On 04-11-2008, the statue was unveiled that reminds us of the heroic act of Karl-Heinz Rosch.  In the beginning it provoked a lot of controversy between supporters and opponents. The statue stands in the garden of the neighbor of the peasant family where Rosch was billeted at the time and can be seen clearly from the street side.

The following inscription can be found on a plaque attached to the pedestal: This image is a tribute to him and all who do good in bad times.Karl Heinz Rosch is buried on the Ysselstein German War Cemetery, Section BF-Row 10-Grave238.

The German military cemetery at Timmermannsweg 75 in Ysselsteyn (Limburg) is the largest military cemetery in the Netherlands with more than 31,598 dead. It is also the only German military cemetery in the Netherlands. German soldiers of World War II who were killed mainly are buried there. There are also Dutch people who fell in Nazi-German military service (in particular the SS).

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