Bouke Jouke Koning

Geslacht: Man
Vader: Jouke Koning
Moeder: Pietje Koopmans
Geboren: 19 Sept 1915 Akkrum
Overleden: 24 Apr 1998
Religie: geen
Aantekeningen: Heerenveen. Arbeider. Communist. Dienstweigeraar. Lijst links-extremistische personen (1939).
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Personal Information
Last Name: Koning
First Name: Bouke
Date of Birth: 19/09/1915
Date of death: 24/04/1998
Rescuer's fate: survived
camp inmate
Gender: Male
Profession: GARDENER
Place during the war: •Bilthoven, Utrecht, The Netherlands
Utrecht, Utrecht, The Netherlands
Amsterdam, Noordholland, The Netherlands
Vught, Camp, The Netherlands
Oranienburg, Camp
Dora, Camp, Germany
Ravensbrueck, Camp, Germany
Rescue Place: Bilthoven, Utrecht, The Netherlands
Rescue mode: Hiding
Arranging shelter
Illegal transfer
File number: File from the Collection of the Righteous Among the Nations Department (M.31.2/67)
Date of Recognition: 16/06/1964
Righteous Commemorated with Tree/Wall of Honor: Tree
Ceremony held in Yad Vashem: Yes
Rescued Persons
Siesel, Wahrhaftig, Lotti
Rosenthal, Margalith
Collection: "Righteous Among the Nations" Bouke and Froukje Koning.
Bouke Koning was born in 1915 in Akkrum, the Netherlands.
Froukje Koning was born in 1914 in Heerenveen, the Netherlands.
This collection includes:
- Three testimonies (in Dutch) of Bouke Koning, recorded in 1956, on September 9, 1989, and on April 20, 1990.
In the testimonies:
- Activities in the underground.
- Hiding people in his house in Bilthoven, beginning in August 1942.
- His imprisonment in December 1943 and his release in February 1944.
- His imprisonment in March 1944 and deportation to the Vught camp.
- His transfer to a camp in Germany in September 1944, internment in various camps, and liberation from the Gross - Rosen camp by the Soviet Red Army in 1945.
Also in the collection:
- The text of the audiotape No. 752 with the testimony (in Dutch) of Froukje Koning.
- Letters (in Dutch) dated January 10, 1944 through June 1944, from Bouke Koning in various camps in the Netherlands, to his wife Froukje in Groenekan, the Netherlands.
- Letters (in Dutch) dated December 22, 1943 through March 1944, from Froukje Koning in Groenekan, the Netherlands, to her husband in various concentration camps in the Netherlands.
- Correspondence (in Dutch) from the years 1945 - 1993, between Bouke Koning in the Netherlands and comrades from the underground living in the Netherlands and in Israel.
- Dutch identity documents dated October 31, 1941, for Bouke and Froukje Koning.
- Identity tags for Bouke Koning from the period of his internment.
- A registration card, dated June 25, 1945, in the name of Bouke Koning.
- Dutch newspaper articles on the underground activities of the Konings.
- Photographs.
- A eulogy (in Dutch) by Bouke Koning for his wife, after her death on April 24, 1998.
- Bouke Koning was a gardener at the "Werkplaats" school in Bilthoven. When the deportations of Dutch Jews to camps began, he joined a group of the school's teachers in underground activities hiding Jews. He also hid people in his house in Bilthoven. Bouke and Froukje Koning, who had joined the "Westerweel Group" underground, were recognized in 1964 as "Righteous Among the Nations" by Yad Vashem in Jerusalem.
- See Audio Cassette No. 752 in the Ghetto Fighters' House Museum Archives
Rescue Story
Koning, Bouke Jouke & Froukje (Kramer) Bouke Koning, born in Akkrum, was a gardener at the “de Werkplaats” school in Bilthoven, Utrecht, which produced a core of Resistance activists who were later called the Westerweel* group. He was one of those who participated in the attempt to hide all the residents of the home for young Palestine Pioneers, the Hechalutz, in Loosdrecht, Utrecht, before they were rounded up. Bouke started on his own initiative, forging legal documents, raising funds for those in hiding, and looking for hiding places. He and his wife, Froukje, also hid Jews in their home, including Margalith Rosenthal and Lotte Wahrhaftig (later Siesel). When Bouke joined the Westerweel group in the summer of 1942, one of his tasks was to accompany refugees across the Belgian border, from where they headed southward. Among those he accompanied, were two haverim from Loosdrecht, who were the first to cross the border to safety in Spain. This escape route had become a preferred method of eluding the Nazis, since many of the hiding places found had proven only to be short-term or unsafe. In December 1943, Bouke and Lotte were arrested at Bouke’s house and taken to the Utrecht police station and from there to Amsterdam. Bouke was released after six weeks, but Lotte was deported to Westerbork, from where she managed to escape and return to the Konings. To celebrate, Froukje prepared a feast of staggering proportions given the hardships of the war. On March 11, 1944, while taking two haverim to the Belgian border, Bouke was arrested again, together with Joop Westerweel, and sent to the Vught camp, from where he was sent to Oranienburg, Dora, Ravensbrück, and finally Peltoff, where the Russians liberated him. On June 16, 1964, Yad Vashem recognized Bouke Jouke Koning and his wife, Froukje Koning-Kramer, as Righteous Among the Nations.

Gezin 1

Huwelijkspartner: Froukje Kramer geb. 14 Juni 1914 overl. 20 MEI 1995
Huwelijk: XXXX onbekend
  Jan Koning Male
  Vita Koning Male
  Bart Koning Male