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Benedictus Swaab

Amsterdam, – Amsterdam,

Reached the age of 51 years

Occupation: Photographer



Under the pressure of the circumstances.

It is still an extremely sensitive topic: suicide during the Second World War. Historians have not known what to do with it for a long time. What is the place of suicide bombers in war history?

Remarkably little has been written on this subject and there seems to be no list of names or memorial books at all. The Digital Monument ( offers a place where relatives, sometimes for …

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Benedictus Swaab

Benedictus heeft op 15 mei 1940, samen met zijn vrouw en kinderen, zelfmoord gepleegd. Op 19 mei 1940 is het hele gezin begraven op de begraafplaats te Diemen, in graven naast elkaar.
Zoals zovelen in die dagen hadden zij besloten hun lot in eigen hand te houden.

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Benedictus Swaab and his family

Only several days after the German invasion Benedictus Swaab, his wife Sophia Swaab-Kruijer and their three children Jacob, Elisabeth and Maria committed suicide.
Addition of a visitor of the website

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