Charles Handelsblad Boissevain fought for the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. His two middle daughters Hilda and Olga fought for the right to have an education. His two daughters-in-law Maria Pijnappel Boissevain and Inez Milholland Boissevain both fought for the right of women to vote.
During World War II, Jan Canada Boissevain and his two sons Gi and Janke all fought for the end of the Occupation. Bob Boissevain, grandson of Charles, fought against the Occupation on several fronts and did not survive the Occupation. Willem van Stockum, son of Olga Emily Boissevain, piloted a Halifax bomber and was shot down by German antu-aircraft fire over Laval, France.
Testimony to their courage is in Yad Vashem awards, burial in the Cemetery of Heroes, and monuments to their contribution to fighting the Nazis.