A Gay Man of Immense Courage


“Unfortunately, Willem was captured by the Germans and sentenced to death. Willem’s last words before being executed in July, 1943 were, “Let it be known that homosexuals are not cowards.”

In 1986 Yad Vashem recognized Arondeus as Righteous Among the Nations.

Because of his sexual orientation, Willem’s story was omitted from Dutch history books. Only in the last 20 years has his courage become widely known.”

Thank you Willem Arondeus openly gay Dutch Resistance fighter for your courage in being and celebrating your being gay at a time when you could have and probably would have been imprisoned for being gay as well as your courage in fighting the Nazis and protecting Jewish families form extinction. Your courage makes our pale by comparison, Pray for us Willem of Blessed Memory.

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