Roskam, Evert Jan, born 22-01-1892 in Barneveld, son of Hendrikus Roskam, shopkeeper en corn merchant en Dirkje Bloemendaal, broke off his study HBS education and joined the company of his father in foodstuffs. As the company collapsed, bankruptcy, in 1922, he went to Amsterdam to become a merchant and farmer, but this company collapsed also after a couple of years. Always interested in politics he shortly after it was set up in 1933, joined the NSB of Anton Mussert as an agriculture specialist. Mussert was executed age 51 on 07-05-1946. Roskam was proud of his low registration number, 2698, and he zealously propagated NSB ideology in agricultural circles. He was convinced that this was the way: ‘to give the independent farmer and the self-employed citizen an honorable place in our political and social system, which could crush the power of the big capitalists and of revolutionary Marxist trends.’ After being interned in the Mai-days of 1940, German’s attack on Holland, the occupation offered Roskam new opportunities. He rose to the position of Boerenleider, Peasant leader of the Landstand, Rural class, which united all the farmers. But almost half the farmers refused to pay their contribution. From 1941 all farmers were automatically members of the organization, ordered by the Germans. With his little knowledge of leading an organization he delegated many tasks to his subordinate O.F.J. Damhave, who embezzled money from the NSB organization. In 1943 this corruption was brought to light, and as it was known that Roskam himself had profit of this corruption, he had to retreat from the NSB. Until the end of the war he did not play an important role anymore. After the war ended Roskam was arrested and condemned to three and a half year imprisoned. He condemnation turned out so heavy thanks to unburdening declaration of for example people of the local resistance. After his release he again became a farmer in the Veluwe and stayed good friends with the “Black Widow” “Florrie” Rost van Tonningen-Heubel. Roskam was married to Gerritje Overveem and the couple had six children, three boys and three daughters. In the 60th he wrote some articles in publications of the Farmer Party in which he claimed still to stay behind his old ideals.
Death and burial ground of Roskam, Evert Jan.
Evert Jan Roskam died age 82 on 04-10-1974. Evert Jan Roskam is buried next to mr. Hermannus Reydon
(secretary-general of the Departement of Public Information and Arts of the NSB. Reydon and his wife, on 07-02-1943 were eliminated by the resistance man Gerrit Wilhelm Kastein . Reydon´s wife died immediately and Hermannus died age 46 on 24-08-1943. Kastein was arrested by the SD Security Forces on19-02-1943. He tried a suicide by jumping from a window shackled to a chair, but died in the hospital of a fracture of the base of the skull. Kastein, age 33, is buried on the Field of Honor Cemetery in Loenen, Section A/113. The grave of Roskam on the local cemetery Lunteren has a odal-rune and the grave of Hermannus Reydon a reverse of the eolh-rune . Closeby the grave of Cornelis “Kees” Geelkerken Inspecteur-Generaal of the Dutch, NSB, paramilitary Landwacht, Paratroopers.