Sjef van Dongen, Arctic hero from Aardenburg

Sjef van Dongen (1906-1973) was in 1928 granted the title of national hero. He was known as the Hero of the Arctic, who had risked his own life at Spitsbergen to save the lives of others. Spitsbergen remained a significant milestone throughout Sjef van Dongen’s life. Moreover, he was continuously reminded of his heroic deeds, even in later years when he became mayor of Aardenburg in Zeeuws-Vlaanderen.

Archival Record Sjef van Dongen

The archival record of Sjef van Dongen is currently being reorganized. The physical archive, however, can be consulted in the 'studiezaal'.