Honor an Unknown Hero

If the German soldiers who occupied the Netherlands during World War II had any inkling of how Tina Lindeboom was sheltering Dutch fugitives and American servicemen trapped behind enemy lines, she would certainly have faced a firing squad.

Lindeboom collected food, clothing and medical help for “onderduikers” (Dutch men hiding from the Germans) and at least three American airmen whose bombers were shot down in action. She married a doctor who also provided care for the fugitives. Later, she migrated to the United States and passed away in San Jacinto, California on February 6, 1984. Wednesday, February 6, 2019 is the 35th anniversary of her death.

Today, her name is enshrined in a plaque in front of the Veterans Memorial Building at 415 North Pine Street in Nevada City that honors her bravery. It was placed there by her younger brother, George, who was an active member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Nevada City.  

More information can be found in the electronic version of Exploring Nevada County,  https://youbet.press/, or at https://www.tracesofwar.com/sights/83557/Memorial-to-Tina-Lindeboom.htm

Tina Lindeboom, Photo Courtesy of Bruce Bolinger

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