The Netherlands / Monument
Richard Jung was born on 27 February 1911 in Reichenberg, Czech Republic. He worked as a shunter with the Czech Railways. In 1942, he received a call to serve in the German army, which Jung, a fierce opponent of National Socialism, refused. He committed sabotage and was arrested.
Jung was imprisoned in several concentration camps and prisons, from which he was discharged or managed to escape, including at Wenizza, Dniepropetrowsk, Dubno, Ratipol, and Brual-Rhede Lager III. He fled and entered the Netherlands at Nieuweschans. After many wanderings, he went into hiding in the Schar, with the Johannes Kuiper family. Here he stayed for nine weeks and met Brother Akkerman from Sintjohannesga.
He left with Akkerman when his host was arrested in Drenthe. On 8 April 1945, the Haskerland group of the Dutch Domestic Armed Forces was mobilised. Jung revealed himself as a courageous resistance fighter, always volunteering to do the toughest and most dangerous work.
On Sunday 15 April 1945, he volunteered for a reconnaissance mission for the Canadian army, which was advancing towards the bridge at Scharsterbrug. Jung left on his bicycle, but when that became too dangerous, he decided to continue on foot. Every now and then, he took cover in the so-called one-man holes on the roadside. In a hole that was half closed, Jung was unable to find enough cover, resulting in him being shot dead by the occupying forces.
With the help of two Canadian soldiers, Akkerman removed Jung's remains under enemy fire. He was buried in the N.H. cemetery in Sintjohannesga on 18 April 1945. Jung was reburied at Loenen National Field of Honour. In Rotsterhaule, a road is named after Richard Jung.
The monument was unveiled on 15 April 1946. The memorial is a gift from the people of Sintjohannesga and surrounding areas.