Johannes Post in disguise

Arnold Douwes

Never show anyone the door

Nieuwlande is known for the many (Jewish) people in hiding during the Second World War. As measures against the Jews become increasingly strict, Johannes Post becomes convinced that these people need help. In the summer of 1942 he travels to Amsterdam and convinces Jews to travel with him to a safe place in Drenthe.

Johannes takes them to Nieuwlande and provides hiding addresses. His circle of family and friends is soon too small for the large number of people in hiding. Although he cooperates with the resistance in Hoogeveen, he does not want to accept their hiding places with people he doesn’t know. He wants to face the people who are willing to take a person in hiding.

The hiding network is expanding like an oil spill. New addresses have to be sought outside the village, because nobody in hiding is refused. When Johannes himself has to go into hiding in the fall of 1943, Arnold Douwes and Max Léons, both in hiding, take over this part of Johannes’ work. Ultimately, the organization saves so many Jewish people that the village of Nieuwlande received an Israelian Yad Vashem award in 1985. Only two places in the world received this honor.

De Duikelaar, a resistance paper.

Two Jewish young men have been hiding under the floor of the Reformed church for more than six months. They falsify identity cards and write the resistance newspaper De Duikelaar every week.

Max Leons

De Duikelaar, a resistance paper.

Yad Vashem monument in Nieuwlande