refuse – “even under threat of heavy fine or of suspension or even dissolution of the newspaper in question.
A letter to this effect was followed by a tour by Titus Brandsma of the editorial boards of the Catholic press organs. The Sicherheitsdienst (SD), which considered him to be ‘a dangerous man,’ would have been informed about this by the German-minded director of the (Catholic) Dagblad van het Zuiden. A true “Judas trick,” with fatal consequences for the person concerned. On January 16, 1942, he was arrested in Nijmegen. Via the Arnhem domed prison, he was transferred to the penal prison in Scheveningen, the so-called Oranjehotel. By train. Titus allegedly urged his escorts to hurry, “because the NS are not in the habit of waiting for SDs.
The 132 cm. tall statue of Titus stands against a wall as if he were in Carmelite habit on his way to an academic ceremony, a book and a few letters in his hand and his gown and beret draped over his arm. In its size, the sculpture is a reference and reminder of a humble man. The plaque in bronze next to it, reads: Titus Brandsma O.Carm. Professor at Nijmegen from 1923 until his death in Dachau 1942. A second plaque mentions the canonization of Titus Brandsma on May 15, 2022.
Sources: Leo Ewals – Gerard Mathot, Redemptorist and Artist -2003, Sander van Walsum – Volkskrant – May 13, 2022