BB op 17 aug. 2016
Paulus Anthonius Engeln was born in Purmerend (Amsterdam area) on 30-01-1902. He was married to B.L.L. Wanger and lived at the Bredestraat 37 in Maastricht, in the south of the Netherlands. They had 3 children who were 4, 7 and 12 years old in 1942, the year Paulus Engeln was arrested by the Sicherheitsdienst/SIPO.
Paulus Engeln was arrested in the summer of 1942 for possesion of an illegal newspaper ("Besitz verbotene Zeitung" says German document).
On 30-10-1942 he was transported from Holland to Germany and arrived at K.L. Buchenwald were he was registered under 'haeftlingnummer" 208.
On 2-3-1944 a large group of Dutch prisoners were transported to K.L. Natzweiler in the Elzas (France today). It is very likely that Paulus Engeln was with them too. He was registered in K.L. Natzweiler under number 7779. Paulus is a prisoner that is marked for the so called Nacht- und Nebelerlaẞ"". Nacht und Nebel was some sort of law for a special group of prisoners that 'Chef des Oberkommando der Wehrmacht' fieldmarshall Wilhelm Keitel installed on orders of Adolf Hitler during WW2 to let people of the resistance disappear without a trace. These prisoners were treated barbaric and could not have any contact with their relatives of write letters nor receive mail.
As the allied troups advance into France and come close to K.L. Natzweiler, the SS decide to evacuate the camp and on 6-9-1944 Paulus Engeln is also moved to K.L. Dachau.
Here he is registered as prisoner 100905. One week later he is moved again this time to K.L. Mauthausen (Austria) where he works in Kommando Ebensee and dies on 27 april 1945, a week before the camp was liberated.