Tag Archives: Tongeren

The Last Witnesses


① memo 20170520 ~ The Last Witnesses ~ Closing ceremony at the presentation of the dutch book “De Laatste Getuigen” telling the stories of over 80 survivors ( ISBN 9789054877370 ) with a panel discussion with the survivors Staf Schaerlackens , Max De Vries , Elisabeth ‘Lieske’ Vossen , and Evrard Voorpijls , and presentations by Marc Van Roosbroeck (chairman of vzw “De werkgroep 10 december 2008”) , Gert De Nutte (publisher ASP) Rudi Beken , Herman Vandormael, and Patrick Dewael (mayor of Tongeren) on 20 May 2011 , Tongeren , Belgium

Rebel Max’s Russian Medals

① memo 20160520 ~ Rebel Max’s Russian Medals ~ Partisan for life , rebel, journalist .. and more .. Max De Vries (1914-2014 , Wellen , Limburg , Belgium) about his medals … at the book presentation Last Witnesses ( De Laatste Getuigen – vzw ‘De werkgroep 10 december 2008’ ) in Tongeren , Belgium , May 20, 2011.

” Yes !
They are all mine , yes …
… these are all Russian medals.
[ Can you tell me what they stand for ? ]
The cooperation of escaped Russian prisoners of war – from the coal mines in Limburg ..
… who had joined the Belgian partisan army during the war.
And the Russians – first from the Soviet Union , and now the Russians of today …
who consider me as a veteran of the Red Army. “