From Holland to Bavaria – the quest for Jan van Boeckel is the true story about a brave freedom fighter who was arrested by the Nazis and branded a Nacht und Nebel prisoner. A concept thought up by Hitler and his cronies to subdue resistance activities in occupied countries, the Nacht und Nebel decree left deep wounds in many families in the occupied territories. Resistance fighters literally disappeared without a trace into night and fog – they were secretly deported to the Reich and never heard of again. Jan van Boeckel – my uncle – disappeared and never came back home. He lost his life due to severe maltreatment in concentration camps in 1945.
Traces of his journey into the unknown have however been found by various family members in the more than seventy years since Jan died. Now I am continuing their search and weaving together all the information available. I am following Jan van Boeckel’s footsteps, a journey I started in September 2015. This journey has taken me to archives, historical locations and people in three different countries. The progress I make is described in posts I publish on this blog. At the same time I am attempting to reconstruct his story in an offline novel – this is a work in progress which I aim to finish by the end of 2016. Many people are helping in the search for Jan, and I have tracked down more clues to what he experienced than I ever imagined possible. The posts on my blog, mogromo.com, appear as my insight progresses. Below I present all the blogs posted in the chronological order of Jan van Boeckel’s life. Continue reading Jan van Boeckel