Rost van Tonningen-Heubel, Florence Sophie “Florrie”

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Rost van Tonningen-Heubel, Florence (Florrie), born 14-11-1914 in Amsterdam, was a Dutch National Socialist NSB member, the Netherlands Socialistic Movement. She was the wife of Meinoud Rost van Tonningen  frontman during World War II and remained after the death of her husband in 1945, a national socialism in her life support and publicize. That is why she was known as the Black widow. Florrie Heubel born in Amsterdam, the daughter of Gustav Adolph Heubel, banker Kol & co. at the company Jan, and Cornelie van Haren Noman patrician family. The family had four children daughter Annie (born in 1906) and Wim and sons Dolf (1904) (1910). Florrie Heubel grew up in Hilversum. Young Princess Juliana brought a visit to Hilversum, Florrie along with her brother Wim Heubel was asked to play a game of tennis against the Princess. Florrie and Wim Heubel became active in the national youth storm, the youth movement of the NSB in the thirty years and she studied at the Utrecht University, with the interest animal psychology. In the summer of 1936, Heubel stayed in connection with her study some time in Berlin. Florry was impressed by Adolf Hitler (did you know), the camaraderie, discipline and passionate of the Nazi movement. A year later she made together with Wim a trip to Dutch East Indies, a trip to her oldest brother Dolf who worked as an agricultural engineer. When she was back in the Netherlands she left the NSB because in her opinion the party was not consistent enough against the Jews. She also found that party leader Anton Mussert, he was executed, age 52, on 07-05-1946, shared her concerns not enough. Mid- 1939 she met through her brother Meinoud Rost van Tonningen. During the German invasion in Netherlands (see Jan Ackermans) on the 10-05-1940 Florrie Heubel was in Berlin, Gauleiter was Josef Goebbels (did you know). There she heard of the German invasion, which they would later explain as’ the Germans wanted a passage through the Netherlands to be closer near England. On 21-12-1949 she married Rost van Tonningen    with the permission of SS Reichsleiter, Heinrich Himmler. She got three children, three sons Grimbert 1941, Ebbe 1943 and Herr in 1945. Her youngest son Herre was born on 28-04-1945, the same day as her brother Wim died, age 41, fighting with the Dutch Landstorm in the SS, near Elst, At that time Heubel with her children was in Terschelling. Shortly afterwards she fled to Goslar in Germany, where her parents stayed too and where the family had some possessions. Husband Meinoud was captured by the Canadian Allies on 08-05-1945  and imprisoned in the Scheveningen prison where he committed suicide by jumping from the balustrade. Florrie Heubel always contested that her husband committed suicide and was convinced that he was murdered. Probably he knew to much of black money transactions of prominent persons, as president of the Dutch Bank. After the death of her husband, Rost van Tonningen remained active in several extreme right-wing movements. Initially they lived in poverty and she was like many former National Socialists placed in receivership.  Anton Leo de Block her curator, Registrar of the First Chamber of the Governement, placed the three sons of Rost van Tonningen under guardianship of her brother-in-law, Nico. He was Queen Juliana’s Adjutant and later Grand Master. Her whole life would be marked by the battle to rehabilitation of her husband. In 1952 she left her home in the Hague and went to a villa in Velp. The villa bore the name “Ben Trovato”. Mrs Rost van Tonningen saw in this name a sign from above, because the first two letters of the surname of her husband were in there. (ROst VAn Tonningen. In 1996 she already had bought a grave on the cemetery Heiderust in Rheden and a tombstone with her name, date of birth and the legend’ The Truth makes free’. The place was controversial even before the purchase; local residents feared that the tomb could be a right extremists attraction.

Death and burial ground of Rost van Tonningen-Heubel, Florence Sophie “Florrie”.

Florentine Heuben died on 24-03-2007 at the old age 92, decay of forces in her home of Waasmunster, (Belgium). On 30-03-2007 she was privately buried in her grave in Rheden. The municipality of Rheden decided to keep the timing of the funeral secret to prevent a massive influx of both national-socialist public and the opponents. For the funeral were held by the municipality meetings with concerned local residents.

  Her three children-who always had taken away the thought of their mother, asked others to leave their mother in the cemetery. Constant Kusters, leader of the Dutch peoples-Union (NCE), said this: “Her children can get the plague, because they are always against us and their mother.”

 

The massive golden wedding ring with the life tree as symbol which Rost van Tonningen wore for 67 years. At her wedding this ring was kissed by Adolf Hitler. Since then she treated it as a “holy relic”

 

Cemetery location of Rost van Tonningen-Heubel, Florence Sophie “Florrie”.

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