When Freddie Oversteegen was 14 years old she joined the Dutch resistance against the Nazi’s along with her sister. At that tender age, she was recruited by the resistance. Her training included firing guns, Military training and to comfortably walk in the woods. Freddie was born on 6 September 1925 in Schoten, Netherlands and became a member of Dutch resistance during the occupation of Netherlands.
Before being hired by the Dutch resistance, they started distributing anti-nazi Pamphlets which caught the attention of resistance at the time. In 1941, a man visiting their house asked their mother the permission to allow her girls to be part of the resistance.
The Oversteegen sisters would flirt with the Nazi officers, lead them to the woods where instead of a make out , their body will meet the lead. They would shoot Nazi soldiers while riding bicycles and use dynamite to destruct bridges given that no one will suspect them to be resistance fighters. They sabotaged the Nazis at every level possible.
Freddie was 14 and her sister Truus was just 16 when they joined the resistance which etched them in the history of resistance against a genocidal regime. It was due to the role of the sisters that a Nazi officer was shot in the same woods where her sister Truus took him. He was buried in a hole already dug for him. Freddie hid a Jewish couple in the hold of her ship before the war started out in Netherlands . She lived with her single mother on a barge and didn’t get to see her father very often. Later when they shifted to a flat , her mother gave birth to her half-bother.
Freddie and Truus were awarded Mobilisation War Cross in 2014 by Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte for their acts of bravery and a street named after her in Harlem. Freddie was married and had three children. She died on 5 September 2018 at the age of 92. Her sister Truus Menger-Oversteegen died two years ago on 18 June, 2016.