Gerardus Philippus Helders

Gerardus Philippus Helders (1905 - 2013)

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Gerardus Philippus (Gerard) Helders
Born in Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland, Nederlandmap
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Husband of — married in Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland, Nederlandmap
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Died in Wassenaar, Zuid-Holland, Nederlandmap
Profile last modified | Created 13 Nov 2017
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Categories: Politicians | Centenarians | Prisoners of War, Netherlands, World War II | Order of the Netherlands Lion | Commanders of the Order of Orange-Nassau | Nederlanders uit Zuid-Holland na 1811.


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Gerard Helders was born in Rotterdam in 1905.[1] He married in 1930 at age 25[2] and had five children.[3]

After his marriage in Rotterdam he became a local politician in Batavia, Dutch East Indies.[3] During World War II, he was held prisoner by Japan from 1942 to 1945.[3] He returned to the Netherlands in 1946.[3]

He was Minister of Colonial Affairs from February 1957 to May 1959.[3]

From August 2012 until his death in January 2013, he was the oldest man in the Netherlands at 107.[3]


  1. City Archives Rotterdam (Netherlands), Rotterdam, Civil registration births. Nadere toegang op het geboorteregister van de gemeente Rotterdam, Rotterdam, archive 999-01, inventory number 1905D, March 9, 1905, record number 1905.2548, folio d121. Open Archives Birth.
  2. City Archives Rotterdam (Netherlands), Rotterdam, Civil registration marriages. Nadere toegang op het huwelijksregister van de gemeente Rotterdam, Rotterdam, archive 999-06, inventory number 1930G, May 22, 1930, record number 1930.1921, folio g013. Open Archives Marriage.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 Biography at Dutch Parliament.

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