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

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Rost van Tonningen-Heubel, Florence (Florrie), born 14-11-1914 in Amsterdam, as daughter of Gustav Adolph Heubel (1875-1952), banker at Jan Kol & Co (family affiliated with the Utrechtse Bank Vlaer & Kol) and son of Anna Elisabeth Kol, and Cornelie van Haren Noman (1883-1949). The family had four children, in addition to Florentine (also called Florrie) daughter Annie (born 1906) and sons Dolf (1904) and Wim (1910). Florrie Heubel grew up in Hilversum. When the young princess Juliana visited Hilversum, Florentine Heubel and her brother Wim were asked to play a game of tennis against the princess. In the 1930s, Florrie and Wim Heubel became active in the Nationale Jeugdstorm, the youth movement of the National Socialist Movement (NSB). She then studied biology at Utrecht University, with an interest in animal psychology. She became 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  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, oldest Grimbert 1941, who’s godfather was SS Obergruppenführer Karl, Friedrich, Otto, Karele, “Wolffie”, Wolff,  second son Ebbe 1943 , who wrote a book about his parents “No man’s land” 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.

The Dutch SS Hauptsturmfuhrer Heubel, Willem Johannes “Wim”. here in the middle with Reichscommissar in the Netherland, Arthur Seyss-Inquart

the brother of Florrie Rost van Tonningen-Heubel, wife of NSB leader Meinoud Rost van Tonningen was a Nazi fan too. He married nurse Ans van den Bergen during the war. A daughter was born from this marriage and Willem “Wim” Heubel was killed on 28-04-1945, age 34, at Elst during a fight with the Canadians.

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”

 

 

 

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