Huize Lidwina and Hilbrink family
Sietse Hilbrink took early retirement in 1936. At that time, during the in the years of the economic crisis, his wife led relief measures for unemployed people and their families.
The early retirement of Sietse was accompanied by a significant drop in revenue.
Mother Hilbrink was asked to participate in managing the Lidwina estate. This beautifully situated villa was designed as rest house for overworked mothers. The house was inhabited by Sietse, his wife and children; Marinus, Coen, Cor, and Hannie
The accommodation for the resistance (known as KP Twente)
The house was fairly isolated in a quiet neighborhood in Zenderen. There were not many Germans and also no Nationaal-Socialistische Beweging in Nederland (NSB) a Dutch socialist political party akin to the Nazis. The house was an ideal place for hiding weapons, resistance fighters and organizing acts of resistance.
Usually there were 10 to 12 people in the house.
Resistance fighters who regularly stayed at Huize Lidwina
Huize Lidwina was a well-run headquarters that was equipped with an electronic warning system, a twenty-four-hour guard post schedule and an amazing underground connection service using motorcycles and bicycles.
Some couriers wore German uniforms and the entire system was supported by priests from the neighborhood, who gathered information during their passage through the parishes.
The Kp Twente also had its own broadcasting station. Through this, London could be better informed.
The liaison team (Jedburgh Team Dudley) was housed here
Operation Jedburgh was an allied operation during the last years of World War II. These special units landed by parachute or glider behind enemy lines in France, Belgium and the Netherlands to sabotage and perform guerrilla actions against the German occupiers and to help organize local resistance groups.
The main function of the Jedburgh teams was to act as an intermediary between the Allies and local resistance groups. They organized provision of arms and ammunition and gave advice, training and guidance to the resistance groups.
The ‘Jeds’ or ‘Jedburghs’ as the members of these teams were called, came from the British Special Operations Executive (SOE).
The Jedburgh team in Dudley Twente landed near Steger Field on September 12, 1944.
The team consisted of
Major Henk Brink Greve (Dutch)
Major John Olmsted (American)
Sergeant John Austin (British)
Major Henk Brink Greven (liaison officer) Sergeant John Austin (radio telegrapher) and John Olmsted, the commander of the JutburgDudley Team.
During Operation Market Garden, Olmsted and Austin coded messages and communicated the situation in Arnhem via the transmitter in Huize Lidwina. Coordinates were also passed for new drop zones.
Location Huize Lidwina
Huize Lidwina is located on the Retraitehuisweg in Zenderen, (in the East of the Netherlands)