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On 5 February, 1943, thirteen men were executed at a small airport near Soesterberg, the Netherlands, for their roles in producing and distributing an illegal anti-Nazi newspaper called Het Parool. They had been members of a wider group committing highly illegal acts under the fascist, Nazi regime that ruled the country during the occupation.

Two hours before these men faced the firing squad, they were given paper and pens and told to write their final letters to their loved ones. 75 years later, we at Republic of Amsterdam Radio were given access to those letters and what emerged through our research is Free and Fearless: The Story of the First Parool Trial.