The Dutch Resistance Revealed

The Inside Story of Courage and Betrayal

Jos Scharrer

Date Published :
June 2018
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Illustration :
Black and white illustrations
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Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781526728135
Pages : 192
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
Stock Status : In stock
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The Dutch resistance movement during the Nazi occupation was bedevilled by treachery, betrayal and poor organization and support from London. Despite these serious problems, the brave men and women of the Dutch resistance who refused to accept domination by their brutal oppressors, made a significant contribution to the war effort albeit at a terrible cost. Their contribution which included escape routes for Allied aircrew and acts of sabotage has been largely over-looked.

While the author focuses on the activity and fate of her husband’s father, Henry Scharrer, her superbly researched book ranges far wider.

As well as introducing a large cast of resistance workers, double agents and Nazis, she describes many of the operations, successful and disastrous, and analyses the results. Too often, as in Henry Scharrer’s case, the outcome was tragic.

This gripping true account of extraordinary heroism and betrayal demonstrates both the best and worst of human conduct in extreme conditions.

About The Author

Jos Scharrer was born in East London, South Africa and initially became a journalist. After marrying Richard Scharrer, the son of the Dutch Resistance hero Henry, who features significantly in this book, she lived for four years in Holland before returning to South Africa.

She has had a highly successful career in advertising culminating in founding and building up her own agency Scharrer Advertising into one of the largest independents. Along the way she has won numerous prestigious international awards. Her agency still operates today while Jos is spending more time writing.

Jos has three children and six grandchildren.


“It’s also a story of betrayal, torture, and death. Those looking for a definitive history of the Dutch Resistance will not find it here, what they will find is the story of brave men and women doing their bit to overthrow a monstrous tyranny.”

- The NYMAS Review

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