George Maduro Alvarez-Correa (right), the nephew of Dutch World War II hero and resistance fighter George Maduro, donates his uncle’s letters to Curaçao Minister Plenipotentiary Xavier Prens.
Personal letters written to a famous Dutch World War II hero and resistance fighter are on their way back to the Netherlands, after his nephew visited the embassy this week to donate the documents.
George Maduro was born July 15, 1916, in Curaçao. He was a war hero and a fighter in the Dutch resistance during World War II. He was later arrested and died in Camp Dachau in February 1945, just three months before American troops liberated the camp.
After the war, his parents donated the initial funds to build Madurodam, a park in The Hague that features scale-model replicas of famous Dutch landmarks and cities, in honor of George Maduro. Madurodam has since grown into one of the most popular tourist attractions in the Netherlands.
George Maduro’s nephew, George Maduro Alvarez-Correa, visited the embassy this week to present his late uncle’s documents to Curaçao Minister Plenipotentiary Xavier Prens.
The documents, which will be donated to the Center for Family History in The Hague, consist of personal letters written to Maduro by his parents, grandmother and sister between 1924 and 1937.
“It is a mystery how they somehow were preserved in the Netherlands and how my grandparents got it back,” said Mr. Maduro Alvarez-Correa. “I thought that the most secure way to send these documents to the Center for Family History was through your diplomatic network. … My uncle was a very special person, and I am glad that the Center for Family History in the Hague will preserve these letters now.”
Mr. Prens said he connected with Mr. Maduro Alvarez-Correa last year during the remembrance of George Maduro’s 100th anniversary.
“We are happy to help him and his family,” Mr. Prens said. “We’ll make sure that the Center for Family History in the Hague will receive the letters in good condition. George Maduro’s special story is a sad but inspiring example of the longstanding relationship and special bonds between Curaçao and the Netherlands in the Kingdom.”