Thanks to uncle Jan

Aalten, Gelderland, The Netherlands

Cycling route: 336164

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35.6 km
02:05 h
627 kcal
37 m


Explosive population
Jewish people from Germany have been welcome here since before the war. And when war violence really broke out in 1940, the population of Aalten rose even faster. Disproportionately fast, even. Because while in the rest of the Netherlands an average of 5% of the population is in hiding, in Aalten this is four times as much: there is one person in hiding for every five inhabitants!

uncle Jan
Jan Wikkerink is best known for his help to people in hiding. Age plays no role in this. The youngest was placed in a box on his doorstep in September 1943. The parents of the newly born Jewish boy are in hiding and a baby is too risky. Uncle Jan arranges a 'purely Aryan' declaration and gives him the name Willem (after Queen Wilhelmina) Herfstink. After the war, the child is registered again, now under his real name. Wikkerink himself was arrested by the SS a year later but managed to escape. He himself went into hiding until the liberation.

Smart trading
Smart traders respond to needs, even during war. For example, the Gorinchem steel construction company De Vries, Robbé en Co offers ready-made air raid shelters. The van der Kamp family at number 7 orders 'One family shelter, type B4'. The built-in model is made of steel and must be covered with a thick layer of soil. You provide the mattresses and supplies yourself. Most families simply take shelter in their basement.

The Achterhoek is an ideally beautiful region for cyclists and walkers. Explore this beautiful region by bike or on foot in a special way: with your smartphone. With the AbelLife app you can enjoy interesting anecdotes, videos, photos and fun tips for on the road. The app shows you the way and along the way you will learn more about historical sights, the nature around you and nice catering establishments in the area.
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Then download the AbelLife app and download a separate route or purchase a route booklet from one of the tourist information offices in the Achterhoek and use the voucher code at the front of the booklet. More information can be found at or at
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Below you will find various suggestions for breaks that you can visit during your route. These are divided into different categories, making it easy for you to choose.


# Description Distance
L74 - Aalten - Onderduikmuseum Markt 12 (Nationaal Onderduikmuseum, 7121CS, Aalten, Gelderland, The Netherlands) 0.00 km
Theetuin Rensink (Tammeldijk, 7122LK, Aalten, Gelderland, The Netherlands) 7.00 km
59 (7122LL, Aalten, Gelderland, The Netherlands) 8.13 km
60 (Kruisdijk, 7122JX, Aalten, Gelderland, The Netherlands) 9.51 km
71 (Heelweg / Hellweg, 7091BR, Aalten, Gelderland, The Netherlands) 15.53 km
70 (Aaltenseweg, 7091AE, Aalten, Gelderland, The Netherlands) 17.48 km


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