Members of the L.O., that helped people in hiding.
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Members of the L.O., that helped people in hiding.

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.



Memorial stone for the resistance people Coenen and Francotte

† ✡ † Jews Holocaust Allied soldiers USA RAF NL sold Verzet initial resistance L.O. K.P. municipality local contacts couriers occasional resistance Gr. Smit 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


L.O. was originally the abbreviation for Limburgse Onderduikershulp, Limburgian Hiding Aid, later it became the Landelijke organistie voor hulp aan Onderduikers, National Organization for Help to Hiding People.35 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 …

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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
early resistance - L.O. - priest - Heerlen - person in hiding - war victim - Since september 10, 1933, Giel Berix was a kapelaan (in the Netherlands a term for Roman Catholic auxiliary parish priests, vicars. In Belgium they are also called Onderpastoor) at St. Pancratius Church in Heerlen. [4]
Giel is a regional call name still very common at that time, standing for …

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Betuw, van
Johannes Petrus Maria
Jules
∗ 1923-08-08
Eygelshoven
† 2015-03-13
Heerlen
L.O. - courier - Heerlen - survivor - During the war, Jan van Betuw was a bus driver and courier in the LO district of Heerlen under the pseudonym Jules. In this capacity, he narrowly escaped arrest in early 1944 during a check on the Valkenburgerweg in Heerlen while transporting ration stamps. The source for this information and also …

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Brands,
Lambert
∗ 0000-00-00
† 0000-00-00
L.O. - Valkenburg - survivor - Head of the local food office, opposite the station in (now) hotel Tummers and the C.C.D. (Central) Crisis Control Service, a government agency charged with monitoring compliance with the Landbouwcrisiswet (Agricultural Crisis Act) of 1931. With his support, in particular young men could go …

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Caldenborg,
A.
∗ 0000-00-00
† 0000-00-00
L.O. - local contact - Houthem - survivor - “diver’s chief“ (local contact person) of the LO in Houthem
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Coenen,
Jan Hubert
Sjeng
∗ 1915-01-10
Simpelveld
† 1944-09-05
Valkenburg
L.O. - K.P. - person in hiding - war victim - Former subdistrictleader of Simpelveld. Cammaert: After the betrayal of Wittem [1.1], J.H. Coenen from Simpelveld and his comrade W.J. Francotte from Vaals, who had worked for the illegal magazine Je Maintiendrai in Amsterdam until the summer of 1944, joined the KP. …

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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 …

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https://oorlogsgravenstichting.nl/persoon/29254/constant-jozef-ernest-cornips
Cremers,
Hein
∗ 0000-00-00
† 0000-00-00
L.O. - municipality - Valkenburg - survivor - At the end of the war, the municipal officials Hein Cremers and especially Guus Laeven ensured that the entire register of the registry office of Valkenburg “somehow” got lost, when the Germans had the idea to force all male inhabitants between …

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Cremers,
Wielke
∗ 1910-07-12
Heerlen
† 1950-08-20
Valkenburg
L.O. - courier - Valkenburg - survivor - Sister of Gerda Cremers and sister-in-law of Pierre Schunck. He wrote about her: “Wielke Cremers and the Peusens sisters worked as couriers”. Wielke was always out by bike anyway.
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Francotte,
Wilhelm Joseph
Joep
∗ 1920-12-29
Vaals
† 1944-09-05
Valkenburg
L.O. - K.P. - person in hiding - war victim - Joep Francotte was a roofer/plumber from Vaals. His family website: He refused to work in Germany and was sentenced to months of forced labor in a camp for it. [1]
Cammaert: After the betrayal of Wittem [2.1], J.H. Coenen [2.2] from …

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Freysen,
Willem A.P.
∗ 1914-09-29
Breda ?
† 0000-00-00
L.O. - municipality - Valkenburg - survivor - To hide the manipulations by him and his colleagues (particularly Victor Willems) in favor of the people in hiding, the distribution office of Valkenburg was robbed with great success. On …

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Geelen,
Theodorus Gertrudis Hubertus
∗ 0000-00-00
Zwolle
† 1962-05-19
Roermond
L.O. - priest - Meerssen - survivor - Vicar in Meerssen since 1928, 1944 pastor of the male youth work in Limburg, pastor of a parish in Roermond. Pierre Schunck of the L.O. Valkenburg wrote: “In 1942 I heard from vicar Berix that a vicar Geelen from Meerssen hid two boys in my …

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Goossen,
Theo J.M.
Harry van Benthum
∗ 1917-10-20
Bergh
† 2000-02-06
Heerlen
L.O. - Kerkrade - survivor - Leader of the subdistrict Kerkrade of the resistance organisation LO. Worked together the Auβenministerium (a group that repatriated students forced to work in Germany to the Netherlands). After the arrest of the provincial L.O. leaders in June 1944 in Weert, he led the L.O. district of …

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https://kerkradewiki.nl/kerkrade/theo-goossen/
https://www.berghapedia.nl/index.php?title=Goossen,_Theodorus_Johannes_Maria
Gronden, van der
Abraham Cornelis
∗ 1897-06-24
Dordrecht
† 1967-11-12
Heerlen
L.O. - Valkenburg - survivor - Abraham Cornelis van der Gronden came as a baby on November 6, 1897 from Dordrecht to Vlissingen, the birthplace of his mother, see civil registry card Vlissingen  [1]. On 29 May 1906 to Vaals, on 19 June 1917 to Houthem.  [2]
Married 23 May 1922 in Houthem to Anna Maria Somers, born in …

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Grotaers,
Coen
∗ 0000-00-00
† 0000-00-00
Australia
L.O. - Geulhem - survivor - Worked as an excavator operator in the Curfs limestone quarry in Geulhem. He and his wife, as well as many colleagues in the adjacent Curfs and Schunck quarries, helped people in hiding in the cave called the Diver’s Inn. On March 15, 1944, he had to go to Kaldenkirchen with 172 false IDs to get …

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Hendriks,
J.
∗ 0000-00-00
† 0000-00-00
L.O. - local contact - Berg en Terblijt - survivor - “diver’s chief“ Berg en Terblijt
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Horsmans,
Louis (Gerardus Aloysius Antonius)
∗ 1918-02-03
Ulestraten
† 2001-03-13
Maria-Hoop (gem. Echt)
L.O. - local contact - Houthem-St.Gerlach - survivor - On the recommendation of Pierre Schunck, he became assistant of H. Stahl to the lime quarry Schunck in Geulhem. Was a brother of chaplain Horsmans in Valkenburg. His brother Jan Frans Antoon Horsmans, tenant of the Wijngaardshof in Ulestraten / …

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Horsmans,
Wim (Willem Bernard Jozef)
∗ 1912-05-20
Ubachsberg
† 1987-05-31
Heerlen
L.O. - local contact - priest - survivor - Vicar in Valkenburg 1938-1950. Contact person of the LO for people in hiding, together with the sexton Harie van Ogtrop, supported by J. Peusens and J. van de Aa. His last position: dean of Meerssen (1963-1975), where he is also buried.
 …

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Jansen,
Sjir / Gerard
∗ 0000-00-00
† 0000-00-00
L.O. - Geulhem - survivor - Behind his house was the entrance to the Diver’s In, which was almost completely covered by the bushes, only accessible via a steep slope. Pierre Schunck called him “a very simple man, but a pound guy, thoroughly trustworthy.”
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Jaspers-Koten,
J.
∗ 0000-00-00
† 0000-00-00
L.O. - Klimmen - survivor - Not many things are known about Mrs. Jaspers-Koten. In an interview with students, Gerda Schunck-Cremers (DB) said about the successful robbery at the Valkenburg distribution office: “Mrs. Jaspers kept the stamps and …

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Kooten, van
Bep
∗ 1914-12-12
Laren N.H.
† 1979-06-20
Hilversum
L.O. - K.P. - Klimmen - survivor - Bep (B.J.C.) van Kooten, temporarily leader of the LO Klimmen and, for the sub-district of Valkenburg, contact person to the KP (“Knokploegen”, armed groups), sabotage specialist of the KP. Towards the end of the war, the rayon (subdistrict) of Klimmen worked closely together with the rayon of …

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Laar, van de
J.
∗ 0000-00-00
† 0000-00-00
L.O. - local contact - Margraten - survivor - “diver’s chief“. Nothing more is known about the resistance in Margraten. All the more about the military cemetery. Read the e-book about it, see link:
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Laeven,
A.H.
∗ 0000-00-00
† 0000-00-00
L.O. - local contact - Schin op Geul - survivor - “diver’s chief“ Schin op Geul
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Schin op Geul
Laeven,
Guus
∗ 0000-00-00
† 0000-00-00
L.O. - municipality - Valkenburg - survivor - At the end of the war, Hein Cremers and especially Guus Laeven (DB), who ensured at the end of the war that the entire register of the registry office of Valkenburg “somehow” got lost, when the Germans had the idea to force all male inhabitants …

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Ogtrop, van
Harie
∗ 1901-11-13
Hulsberg
† 1989-10-26
Heerlen
L.O. - local contact - Valkenburg - survivor - He was the sexton of the old parish church St. Nicolaas & Barbara. One of the two contact people to the people in hiding of the L.O. Still during the last days of the war he hid a German conscript from Valkenburg in the church tower. …

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Peusens,
gezusters
∗ 0000-00-00
† 0000-00-00
L.O. - courier - Valkenburg - survivor - Pierre Schunck schrieb: „Wielke Cremers und die Schwestern Peusens arbeiteten als Kurierinnen“.
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Prompers,
Nic M.H.
∗ 1908-11-05
Sint Geertruid
† 2003-09-21
Gulpen
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 Karel van Berckel of the St. Jozef hospital in …

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Schoenmakers,
F.
∗ 0000-00-00
† 0000-00-00
L.O. - local contact - Sibbe - survivor - “diver’s chief“ Sibbe
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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 …

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Schunck-Cremers,
Gerda
∗ 1912-09-10
Heerlerheide 
† 2005-05-05
Valkenburg
L.O. - Valkenburg - survivor - As the wife of Pierre Schunck, she was constantly involved in his resistance work. In retrospect, we can not determine exactly the extent of her share anymore. But given the nature of their relationship, we can assume that it was substantial.
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Starmans,
J.
∗ 0000-00-00
† 0000-00-00
L.O. - Valkenburg - survivor - maintained the relations to the other districts.
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Vroemen,
?
∗ 0000-00-00
† 0000-00-00
L.O. - Valkenburg - survivor - Stationmaster in Valkenburg. His first name and other dates are not known to us.
In the event of danger, he called with the message: “You cannot unload your wagon.” People who wanted to go into hiding and arrived by train usually got in touch with him, and he then …

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Westerhoven, van
Jan
Pater Ferdinand
∗ 0000-00-00
† 0000-00-00
L.O. - priest - Valkenburg - survivor - As Father Ferdinand he was a member (and chief?) of the monastery on the Cauberg (sscc). Worked for the Resistance during the occupation. Involuntarily witnessed the “execution” of Funs Savelberg.
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Willems,
Victor
∗ 0000-00-00
† 0000-00-00
L.O. - municipality - Valkenburg - survivor - Together with Willem Freysen he stole food stamps and other documents for the people in hiding in the LO on a large scale, which ultimately made the raid on the distribution office …

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Wolf,
G.A.
∗ 0000-00-00
† 0000-00-00
L.O. - priest - Sibbe - survivor - Rector in Sibbe 1939-1944. [1]
He helped Jews and Communists to hide, together with Abraham Cornelis van der Gronden. At the end of 1943 they joined the L.O., sub-district of Valkenburg. Due to the talkativeness of the person in hiding A.S. …

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