Global Director of Projects
Born in Rotterdam, Netherlands and currently living in Amstelveen, Netherlands, Johan van Waart adds an international component to the World War II Research and Writing Center.
Johan has spent a lifetime studying history, specializing in World War II European history. His thirst for knowledge and understanding, led to the desire to honor, remember, and educate through World War II re-enacting and grave adoption. Living abroad in London for many years, provided Johan additional opportunities to study World War II. His wealth of historical knowledge and experience, provide a unique perspective and expertise for World War II research, writing, and battlefield tours.
He is a founding member and current board member, of the Band of Brothers Belgium and Netherlands World War II Living History Group. He wrote the re-enactment organization’s By Laws, and Rules and Regulations. Within this re-enactment group, he currently holds the rank of Major. Johan values and demands high standard of historical accuracy within the group. Activities of the group include school programs, re-enactment events in Belgium, France, and The Netherlands, and commemoration events in The Netherlands. The Band of Brothers provides a free quarterly newsletter, for which Johan writes, and also translates articles from Dutch to English.
Johan’s desire to preserve the memories of American soldiers killed overseas, led him to adopt two graves at the Netherlands American Cemetery in Margraten. He researched the military service and lives of both of “his” soldiers. Through the research, Johan made contact with and met the soldiers’ families. Johan has traveled extensively in the United States to meet with the families and veterans of World War II.
Johan holds a Law Degree from the University of Amsterdam and has worked in the Financial Markets Industry for more than 30 years. He is fluent in Dutch, English, and German.
Johan is a member of the following organizations:
In the Netherlands:
- Band of Brothers Belgium and Netherlands World War II Living History Group
- University of Amsterdam Alumni
In the United States:
- 101st Airborne Association – lifetime member
- Pritzker Military Museum and Library
Johan participated in the Brielle, Netherlands Liberation weekend in 2017 with his Band of Brothers Re-enactment group. At the event, Johan gave a tribute to a well-loved member of the World War II community in Europe, who passed away this year. You can watch the video of this moving tribute. Thank you to Eddy Bertels for sharing this video.
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