Grave Monument Employees Van Berkel General Cemetery Crooswijk - Rotterdam, NL
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member T-Team!
N 51° 56.392 E 004° 29.272
31U E 602277 N 5755395
Quick Description: On the Crooswijk Cemtery you will find this grave / monument. It commemorates 28 employees of Van Berkel's Patent-Holland b.v. who were killed in an American bombing raid on March 31, 1943. Of them, 18 are buried here.
Location: Zuid-Holland, Netherlands
Date Posted: 12/23/2021 8:17:06 AM
Waymark Code: WM15EY0
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member ištván
Views: 5

Long Description:
About the grave / monument

The text on the monument reads:

NL:
TER NAGEDACHTENIS
AAN ONZE MEDEWERKERS
DIE OP 31 MAART 1943
HET LEVEN LIETEN

ZIJ VIELEN BJI HUN WERK
ALS SLACHTOFFER
VAN DEN OORLOG

EN:

IN MEMORY
TO OUR EMPLOYEES
THAT ON MARCH 31, 1943
LOST THEIR LIFE

THEY FALL FOR THEIR JOB
AS A VICTIM
OF THE WAR

About the bombing, also known as the forgotten bombing:

"The heaviest bombardment of the city after that of May 14, 1940 took place on March 31, 1943. American bombers from Great Britain carried out that day an attack on harbor and shipbuilding installations in one of the harbor areas in Rotterdam-West. Instead of hitting their target, the industrial area between Keilehaven and Merwehaven, the American pilots caused great damage in nearby residential areas, especially the western part of the Schiedamseweg and the western part of the Bospolder/Tussendijken district. About 10 hectares of built-up areas and 8 hectares of public roads were destroyed and around 13,000 people were made homeless. The destroyed area was bordered by Marconiplein, Mathenesserweg, Rösener Manzstraat, Van Duylstraat, Rosenveldstraat and Blokmakerstraat"

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Date of Dedication: 3/31/1943

Property Permission: Public

Access instructions: Via entrances cemetery

Access times: From: 8:00 AM To: 6:00 PM

Website for Waymark: [Web Link]

Commemoration: Employees Van Berkel killed in the bombing

Location of waymark: Not listed

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