Heerlen
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Heerlen

People who played a role during WW2 in and around Valkenburg. Most of them appear in the resistance story about Valkenburg. In that case, click on More in our story Resistance in Valkenburg next to that name.
This list is far from being complete.


St. Josefziekenhuis Heerlen

† ✡ † Jews Holocaust Allied soldiers USA RAF NL sold Verzet initial resistance L.O. K.P. municipality local contacts couriers occasional resistance people in hiding Valkenburg+ Valkenburg Berg en Terblijt Schin op Geul IJzeren Sibbe Margraten Houthem-St.Gerlach Geulhem Hulsberg Houthem Klimmen Meerssen Heerlen police priests NSB / NSDAP


In many ways, Heerlen was important for the L.O. of Valkenburg. The St. Joseph Hospital played a key role as a sort of HQ. Pierre Schunck, who was almost daily in Heerlen for his work, was thus able to keep in touch unobtrusively with the district leaders.7 pers.
Berckel, van
Karel C.
∗ 1892-08-19
Delft
† 1944-09-05
Kamp Vught
L.O. - K.P. - Heerlen - war victim - Surgeon and chef de clinique at the St. Jozef hospital in Heerlen. He was one of those who created there an important resistance center and the beginning of the LO in the Heerlen district, from where the connection with Valkenburg was also made. Like almost all people of the Limburg L.O. he was a devout Christian. Moreover, he wrote for the Heerlen resistance paper Het Vrije Volk, The Free People.
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This person also appears on the list of fallen resistance members in the resistance memorial on the Cauberg
https://oorlogsgravenstichting.nl/persoon/9721/karel-clemens-van-berckel
https://www.nmkampvught.nl/biografieen/1125/
Berix,
Jan Willem
Giel
∗ 1907-04-12
Meers
† 1945-03-13
Bergen-Belsen
L.O. - priest - Heerlen - person in hiding - war victim - During the first days of September 1943 he founded the L.O.-district Heerlen with others. Became district leader after rector had withdrawn for health reasons. See also the special page on this website.
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This person also appears on the list of fallen resistance members in the resistance memorial on the Cauberg
https://oorlogsgravenstichting.nl/persoon/10748/jan-willem-berix
Betuw, van
Jan
Jules
∗ 0000-00-00
† 0000-00-00
L.O. - courier - Heerlen - survivor - Bus driver, courier in the LO district of Heerlen. In this capacity, he barely escaped his arrest on the Valkenburgerweg in Heerlen one day at the beginning of 1944 during a check while transporting ration stamps and cards. Provided information after the war about the Soesman couple and about the then sexton Van Ogtrop
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Cornips,
Constant Jozef Ernest
Constant
∗ 1895-09-19
Berg en Terblijt
† 1944-09-05
Kamp Vught
L.O. - Heerlen - Berg en Terblijt - war victim - “More complicated need of clothing used to be regulated by the director of the municipal social welfare office, Mr Cornips, with me. He was very competent for this due to his function. It was predominating about suits, clothes, coats etc. for families being hidden as a whole (primarily Jews) and suits and coats for prisoners of war (primarily Frenchmen) and pilots.”
The son of this Constant Cornips was Jan Cornips, the secretary of district leader Berix of the L.O. in Heerlen. Because the SiPo Maastricht searched for him but did not find him, Constant was taken away. He was executed on Dolle Dinsdag ( Mad Tuesday) in Kamp Vught.
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This person also appears on the list of fallen resistance members in the resistance memorial on the Cauberg
https://oorlogsgravenstichting.nl/persoon/29254/constant-jozef-ernest-cornips
Prompers,
Nic M.H.
∗ 1908-11-05
Sint Geertruid
† 0000-00-00
L.O. - priest - Heerlen - survivor - Nic (Nicolaas Maria Hubertus) Prompers was one of the founders of the L.O. district of Heerlen. He collaborated on the resistance magazine “Het Vrije Volk” in Heerlen, including the chief physician Van Berckel of the St. Jozef hospital in Putgraaf, where Prompers worked as a rector. During one of the first days of September 1943, the L.O. Heerlen district was established in the hospital of Rector Prompers. A certain mr “Paul Simons” from Valkenburg was present too. 1955-1971 he was pastor in Broekhem. Golden “Father Prompers receives the resistance memorial cross from Mr. J. Cornips. Dean Jochems watches.” Limburgsch dagblad, 04/18/1983.
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https://www.rug.nl/research/portal/files/14543329/11_h11.pdf
Schunck,
Pierre
Paul Simons
∗ 1906-03-24
Heerlen
† 1993-02-02
Kerkrade
L.O. - Heerlen - Valkenburg - survivor - Founder and leader of the “rayon” (subdistrict) of the L.O. in Valkenburg, under the alias of “Paul”. He was also a member of the ID18 intelligence group, which belonged to the Heerlen district of the LO. After the war he gave interviews and wrote down memories about that time. These documents were the beginning of this history about the resistance in and around Valkenburg.
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Stahl,
Heinrich
∗ 1902-09-12
Kohlscheid
† 0000-00-00
Heerlen - NSDAP - survivor - German mining engineer in Heerlen. He was married to a sister of Pierre Schunck. Worked at the coal mine already before the war and was also the director and co-owner of his father-in-law’s lime quarry in Geulhem. During the occupation, he became a member of the NSDAP (German Nazi Party) for career reasons and climbed to local party leader in Heerlen. During the raid at his brother-in-law he came in his nazi uniform to indicate: Here they are pro-German. After the war, expelled from the Netherlands as an unwanted alien.
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