Chris Schrickx (14 years old), who lives opposite the church, is not allowed to look by his parents, but still peeks through the curtains upstairs in his bedroom. He sees the men lying on the ground. One of them is still moving, after which he is shot again. His son Joost Schrickx will make a documentary about this later in 2017: ‘My father’s war’.
Passers-by are forced by the Germans to look at the bleeding men on the ground, even young children. The school teacher, Miss Schermer, who has just cycled up and becomes totally upset, is also forced to watch. The same day, firefighters are required to spray the blood away. The day after the execution Chris Schrickx rips a placard from the wall of the Grote Kerk. On the pamphlet that the Germans have hung there, it is stated that they set an example with this execution: the five men are said to have committed ‘cowardly acts of resistance’. It makes Chris furious.