Neurologist and Airman
It transpired he was not alone and that several other members of the resistance perished during the same action. Enschede is the closest city to Germany in the Netherlands, and was one of the first to be captured in World War II being situated just a few kilometres from the German border. On a happier note it is credited with one of the highest survival rates of Jewish inhabitants with some 38.5%, compared to less than 20% in the rest of the Netherlands, evading capture or deportation. Furthermore, Enschede now has a street named Dr Thiadensstraat, which will ensure he is not forgotten.
Hendrik Arend Thiadens was survived by a wife whom he had married in 1933, but it is not yet known whether the couple had children. The death notice of his mother Margaretha Thiadens (nee Prins) in August 1967 has, however, confirmed that she was survived by her other two sons Arend Albert, Reinier Albert, their wives and that a son born to Reinier in 1947 appears to have been named for his uncle. Given time, more information may be established by searching the family announcements which can be viewed in the collections at the CBG, where for a modest fee of Euros 6.50 for a 24 hour pass, up to 100 documents may be downloaded. A handy resource for researching vital events of family members that fall within the statutory closure period it may be worth the annual subscription of Euro 41.50 as it attracts other benefits.
The ancestor Pieter Jochems Lofvers (Groningen 1712-1788) was first mentioned with this family name in 1748 as a witness at the wedding of his sister, who also had this family name on this occasion. At the time, a family of Loofvers from Switzerland was living in the area (Hoogkerk), but there is no kinship. The name Loofvers is an adaptation of the name Lauffers, who carried this family in Switzerland. It is possible that the name Lofvers has the same origin and in Groningen it was still not used by Peter Jochems' parents and grandparents in the usual patronymic system [GW Nanninga, 'The Groninger painter family Lofvers', in: Gruoninga 1973, p 121-124].
Lofvers lived in the inland town of Groningen, the provincial agricultural marketplace of Friesland, connected to the sea by canals and by long-standing commercial traditions as a Hanseatic port since 1284. But Lofvers himself is not known ever to have been to sea, or ever even to have seen salt water — as three of these paintings reveal through a surfeit of imaginative speculation. However, his depiction on a shoreside tryworks was likely painted from firsthand observation.
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