If anyone in this list is to be called a hero, it is Willem Arondéus (Wikipedia). In 1943, he took part in one of the most spectacular attacks against the German (Nazi) occupiers. Together with some other resistance fighters, Willem plotted a bomb attack on the Amsterdam Register of Births. This official register listed all Amsterdammers, including information about their religion. This made it easy for the authorities to find out where Jews lived, so that they could be arrested, deported and murdered in the concentration camps.
The Register was only partly destroyed, and the organizing group was soon arrested and executed. Willem too, paid with his life for his heroism. Unfortunately, at the time of the attack, most Amsterdam Jews were already rounded up.
The Province of Noordholland organizes the Willem Arondéus Lecture annually, in order to keep his name in living memory.
A plaque on the wall of the Artis Zoo entrance serves as a reminder of the brave participants in the bomb attack.
Location of the plaque in the wall of Artis Zoo:
See also our Map of Historic Gay Places, where you may find some extra information about Willem Arondéus.