Het Parool and Trouw buildings in Amsterdam (Photo: Janericloebe/Wikimedia Commons) - Credit: Het Parool and Trouw buildings in Amsterdam (Photo: Janericloebe/Wikimedia Commons)
Friday, April 22, 2016 - 12:40
Amsterdam’s WWII era underground newspaper deliverer dies at 99
Alphons Meeuwis died at the age of 99 in his hometown of Cadier en Keer in Limburg on April 14th. During his youth, Meeuwis was an underground newspaper deliverer in World War II. He secretly delivered illegal newspapers Pieter 't Hoen and Het Parool, the latter reports. Meeuwis was arrested in November 1941, after his name was found on a list of Het Parool deliverers. After that he was taken to the Weteringschans detention center and then to the Oranje Hotel in Scheveningen, where he was interrogated. He spent time in several concentration camps, including the Amersfoort camp, Vugt camp and camp Lager Haaren. He escaped from Lager Haaren on September 5th, 1944, known as Mad Tuesday in the Netherlands. The underground newspaper deliverer was cremated on Wednesday.