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Collection illustrating the experiences of Jan Marie Schoffelen who was born July 14, 1921 in Heerlen, Netherlands and worked along with his wife Ingrid Koke-Schoffelen during WWII as a Dutch resister in Sittard, Netherlands and surrounding areas. Jan's account is included and identifies their work mainly responsible for "transporting, hiding, and freeing" allied pilots shot down and in the area of Sittard. As an active resister, Jan was arrested, released and followed by the Nationaal-Socialistische Beweging [NSB], Dutch collaborators, as well as Germans. Eventually, he went into hiding and then on false papers to continue his work. Included, but not limited to, are Jan and Ingrid's original identity papers, 1930s-1940s, blank ration coupons, forms, pre-stamped, letter from him in Maastricht prison.
The collection documents the experiences of Jan Marie Schoffelen and Ingrid Köke (later Ingrid Schoffelen) of Sittard, the Netherlands during World War II as members of the Dutch resistance. Included are false identification papers, forged documents and stamps, blank ration coupons and forms, and propaganda leaflets. Correspondence of Jan includes two letters written by him while imprisoned in Maastricht in 1940. Other material includes identification, education, immigration, and employment papers; a handwritten memoir by Jan describing his wartime experiences; photographs of Jan and Ingrid; clippings; family genealogy research; and a typewritten diary of Herman Hofte (relation unknown) describing his wartime experiences in Sittard.