Freddie Oversteegen, Who Seduced And Killed Nazis, Dies Age 92
A Dutch woman who seduced and killed Nazis during World War II has died age 92.
Freddie Oversteegen was 14 years old when a man came to her door and asked her mother's permission for her and her older sister Truus to join the Resistance.
"I thought we would be starting a kind of secret army," she told Vice News in 2016.
"The man that came to our door said that we would get military training, and they did teach us a thing or two."
In fact, the Oversteegen sisters were joining a resistance cell that would seduce Nazis and lure them into the woods, where they were then executed.
"I didn't shoot him -- one of the men did," Oversteegen told Vice in the same interview.
"I had to keep an eye on my sister and keep a lookout from a vantage point in the woods to see if no one was coming. Truus had met him in an expensive bar, seduced him, and then took him for a walk in the woods. She was like: "Want to go for a stroll?" And of course, he wanted to.
Oversteegen put her life in the balance several times when "liquidating Dutch traitors", according to the Hannie Schaft Foundation.
"Freddie was also involved in the transport of weapons, guiding Jewish children to safe addresses and sabotage reactions," it said, adding that she looked so young that Nazis did not expect her to be part of the Resistance.
In a rare interview on television, Oversteegen admitted that she had in fact killed some of the men herself, and spoke of the natural human reaction of wanting to help them.
"Yes, I shot myself and I saw them fall," she said, according to Dutch paper Ijmuider Courant.
"And what is in a person then? You want to pick them back up."
She and her sister were both awarded the Mobilisation War Cross in 2014, almost seven decades after the war ended, and two years before Truus died.
Oversteegen married J. Dekker and had three children following the war, which she told Vice was a "way to cope" with the trauma.
Truus had more attention for her part in the war, which Oversteegen admitted to Vice had always caused her a little jealousy.
"But then I'd just think, 'I was in the resistance as well'," she said.
Truus went on to found the Hannie Schaft Foundation, to honour the legacy of Resistance fighter Hannie Schaft, who was killed shortly before the end of the war.
Oversteegen was a board member, letting herself "be heard in her own way, with humour and dedication", according to chairman Jeroen Pliester.
She died on September 5, 2018 -- one day before her 93rd birthday.
"A great woman ... has gone," the organisation said on Facebook.
"The memories will stay."
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