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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.
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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 † Valkenburg+ 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
† 1944-09-05
Kamp Vught
L.O. - 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.
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Jan Willem
∗ 1907-04-12
† 1945-03-13
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 Became district leader after rector had withdrawn for health reasons.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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Betuw, van
Jan (Johannes Petrus Maria)
∗ 1923-08-08
† 2015-03-13
L.O. - courier - Heerlen - survivor - 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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Constant J.E.
∗ 1895-10-19
Berg en Terblijt
† 1944-09-05
Kamp Vught
L.O. - Heerlen - Berg en Terblijt - war victim - From Berg en Terblijt, but lived in Heerlen and was director of the municipal poor administration there. He was arrested on July 21, 1944, not because the Sicherheitspolizei knew about his clandestine practices, but because of the disappearance of his son Jan, deputy district leader and after the betrayal of Weert successor to chaplain Berix). Because Jan had gone into hiding, the Germans took his father and shot him in Vught.
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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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Paul Simons
∗ 1906-03-24
† 1993-02-02
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.
More information on en.wikipedia or more detailed on nl.wikipedia.
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∗ 1902-09-12
† 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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