#1 Freddie Oversteegen During The Spring of 1945
You must be wondering how a 14-year-old girl could end up in such a terrible position in the first place. Well, her story is well documented so you can easily find out. Freddie's adventures as a Nazi seducing assassin began when a member of the Dutch resistance visited her family and asked her mother if her daughters could join. He told their mom that he was interested in them because no one would ever suspect two girls to be Nazi killers since they were so young.
Photo Courtesy of Remi Dekker and the family photo albums
In a recent interview with VICE Netherlands Freddie explained:
"I thought we would be starting a kind of secret army. The man that came to our door said that we would get military training, and they did teach us a thing or two. Someone taught us to shoot and we learned to march in the woods. There were about seven of us then – Hannie [one of the most famous resistance fighters of WWII] wasn’t a part of the group yet and we were the only girls."
#3 Girls undercover and in disguise.
When you read Freddie's descriptions of her time seducing and killing Nazi's you realize that the feats she and her allies accomplished were impressive, to say the least.
One of her most vivid memories is when her older sister seduced a "big shot" Nazi while she stood watch. Freddie would make sure that no one was coming and stayed sharp to alert her sister should any trouble arise. In her own words, Freddie said:
"Truus had met him in an expensive bar, seduced him and then took him for a walk in the woods. She was like: “Want to go for a stroll?” And of course he wanted to. Then they ran into someone – which was made to seem a coincidence, but he was one of ours – and that friend said to Truus: “Girl, you know you’re not supposed to be here”. We apologized, turned around, and walked away. And then shots were fired, so that man never knew what hit him."
Her memory is as sharp as ever.
Hannie Schaft on the right and Truus Oversteegen on the left, wearing disguises.
#4 It's not hard to understand why Freddie's story is so well known around the globe.
Reports state that the Oversteegen girls were known just as much for their efforts in looking after people in hiding, transporting weapons, delivering messages for the underground army as couriers, and escorting Jewish children to safer places as they were for their ability to seduce and assassinate. What's more impressive is that the girls would also involve themselves in attacks and acts of sabotage. Who says teenage girls can't do amazing things.
Freddie Oversteegen in the present.
Hannie Schaft would become well known for her feats during the war, being referred to as and "undisputed resistance heroine" when the war ended. She was reburried with honors while Queen Wilhelmina and Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands were in attendance. 15 cities around the Netherlands are named after her. She even had a movie "The Girl With the Red Hair" made about her life.
Freddie is seen reading a poem written by her friend Hannie. The picture in the book is of Hannie.