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    Default Dutch statue for Wehrmacht-soldier?

    In the Dutch town of Goirle, a local artist and a former city-council member have started a bid to raise money for a statue for an unlikely hero: a soldier of the Wehrmacht, who was stationed in Goirle during World War II.



    October 6th 1944, just three days after his 18th birthday, Karl-Heinz Rosch was stationed in a farm with his platoon, when they came under fire. A British artillery barrage strafed the farm, and the Wehrmacht soldiers took shelter in the basement.

    Rosch however noticed that the two young children of the farmer, unaware of the danger, were still playing outside, in the courtyard. He left the basement, ran into the courtyard and took the children under his arms, dragging them into the safety of the basement.

    When he ran outside again to take up post on the other side of the courtyard, Rosch was struck by a grenade, killing him instantly on the very spot he just withdrew the children from.



    Local artist Riet van der Louw has made a clay model of Rosch saving the kids, and former city-council member Herman van Rouwendaal has asked the city to pay the 9500,- euro's it would cost to cast it in bronze. Since the city has declined to pay, they are now raising money to fund a statue for what is probably The Netherlands' most unlikely war hero.


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    Cool news. Like to see the finished work.

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    This is for sure going to be good for a lot of debate over here.

    They'dd better make sure that the story is also told on a plaque if they display it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mjolnir View Post
    This is for sure going to be good for a lot of debate over here.

    They'dd better make sure that the story is also told on a plaque if they display it.
    Yep because without the story, it's gonna look like an whole other thing.

    I like the idea, would do good on 4-5 May festivities.

    Maybe the brits can put some money in, was their shell.

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    It is always good to see the small guy get the credit he deserves, it was a heroic act well worthy of a memorial.

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    I wish them luck, IMO if the artist would have depicted the German soldier running with the kids instead of just standing there it would have more impact.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Evil Scientist View Post
    Yep because without the story, it's gonna look like an whole other thing.

    I like the idea, would do good on 4-5 May festivities.

    Maybe the brits can put some money in, was their shell.
    It was a war he was the enemy, we payed our price in men. (Sorry sounds harsh but thats my view).

    Any how your be lucky to get any money out of the British Gov.

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    By the way, I think he was Luftwaffe. Fallschirmjäger?

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    hmm, not sure, in the sculpture thats not a fallschirmjaegers helmet, but i dont know.

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    Perhaps he was in a Luftewaffe Field Division, or maybe an anti-aircraft (88?) gunner.

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    By the way, Rest in Peace, Herr Rosch.

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    Humanity in conflict is always deserving of recognition. Given this is being constructed by people of the occupied country it only makes the message more meaningful.

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    Interesting story, hope they raise the money and make the statue. I'd like to hear the "childrens" view if they are still alive.
    Thanks for posting.

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    A good deed is agood deed regardless of who carries it out - I'm glad to see him recognised.
    As to getting money for it from the Brits - not a chance - we wouldnt do it for a British soldier, never mind a German one !

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    Nice gesture but on the other hand if there hadn't been German soldiers around there wouldn't have been grenades flying either.

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