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Petronella Van Gellicum-Kamps, 1881, The Hague, Netherlands
Posted by: Bruce Bolinger (ID *****6538) Date: April 26, 2011 at 17:04:48
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I am researching a Dutch escape line during WWII. I am seeking information on one of its members, Petronella (Nel) Van Gellicum-Kamps. Her maiden name was Kamps. She was born in The Hague, The Netherlands, on 15 October 1881. She was the widow of Jean Antoine Van Gellicum. (Either he or a prior husband is supposed to have been a Dutch general.) She and her husband moved to Belgium by 1935 at the latest. He died in 1936. It appears that she was childless. Her address in 1943 was 421 Avenue Brugmann, Brussels. She was arrested by the German secret police on 18 November 1943 because of her activities in an escape line for Dutch patriots seeking to escape from The Netherlands and get to England to join the war effort against the Nazis. She was also part of the Luctor et Emergo/Fiat Libertas intelligence line and she harbored a Yugoslavian pilot in 1942 who had escaped from POW camp and was on his way to England to join the RAF. After imprisonment at St. Gilles Prison, Brussels from 18 Nov. 1943 to 3 Sept. 1943, she was to have been deported with 1500 other political prisoners to Germany on what became known as the "Nazi Ghost Train" (also known as the "Phantom Train)." The Resistance prevented the train from leaving Belgium and the prisoners were freed. See my website at See my website at http://wwii-netherlands-escape-lines.com/for further information. Any help on learning more about Nel Van Gellicum-Kamps would be greatly appreciated.


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