The fallen resistance fighters in the dutch province of Limburg
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The fallen resistance fighters in the dutch province of Limburg

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The clergy


Leo Moonen

Already before the war, the Dutch churches expressed it clearly: national socialism is incompatible with Christian principles. Also bishop Lemmens of Roermond was very resolute in this. In the Limburg resistance, especially in helping people in hiding, the clergy were prominent at every level, among them especially vicars, i.e. the assistant priests in the parishes. Due to the shortage of priests, this function hardly occurs today. The bishop’s secretary, uncle Leo Moonen, was a co-founder of the LO and, like so many of his colleagues, had to pay for it with his life.
The orthodox-reformed clergy, especially in the mining district around Heerlen, were as diaspora parishes an even tighter group and were especially active in helping Jews. In this context, see the work of the Group NV.
See also the list of clergymen who were active in the Valkenburg area, including those who did survive the war. And that is just one rayon (sub-district) of the LO.

The clergy – 31 pers.   ⇒All the fallen resistance people in Limburg
Beckhoven, van
Gerardus
Pater Beatus
∗ 1899-09-21
Amsterdam
† 1945-03-20
Bergen-Belsen
Heerlen - L.O. - priest - Father Beatus OFM, refugee helper with an extensive network. He was in fact the hub of the resistance in Heerlen, who had contact with everyone and thus enabled cooperation between a wide variety of people. Click on “Heerlen” above to read more about it.
More in our story Resistance in Valkenburg
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Berix,
Jan Willem
Giel
∗ 1907-04-12
Meers
† 1945-03-13
Bergen-Belsen
Heerlen - L.O. - priest - person in hiding - 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 Became district leader after rector had withdrawn for health reasons.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.
More in our story Resistance in Valkenburg
Jan Willem Berix op de lijst van personen die tijdens de bezetting belangrijk waren voor Valkenburg.
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Boorn, van den
E.A.G.
∗ 1911-07-04
Maastricht
† 1944-11-05
Effeld, Kr. Geilenkirchen
Posterholt - L.O. - priest - Eugène Alphonse Georges van den Boorn was rector in Posterholt near Roermond. A. van den Akker s.j.writes on & …
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Goossens,
Emile Antoon Felix
Emile
∗ 1903-01-21
Venlo
† 0000-00-00
Bergen-Belsen
Echt - L.O. - priest - person in hiding - Emile Goossens was a vicar in Echt 1936-1945. For allied pilots, Jewish fellow citizens and resistance fighters in hiding, he set up escape routes as far away as Belgium and northern France. In early 1944, vicar Goossens had to go into hiding, because there were well-founded& …
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Helwegen,
Frans
∗ 1910-09-22
Roermond
† 1945-02-13
Buchenwald
Roermond - priest - Photo: The Hagiography Circle [1] → → → →

Frans Marie Joseph Helwegen was a roman catholic priest of the eastern rite in Lithuania. Therefore, he was considered an agent of the West by the Soviets.
Frans Marie Joseph Helwegen buvo rytų apeigų katalikų kunigas Lietuvoje. …
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Hendrix,
Jan Jozef
∗ 1901-03-09
Grubbenvorst
† 1945-02-09
Buchenwald
Maasbracht - L.O. - priest - Grew up in Geysteren. In 1927 chaplain in Maasbracht. Traces of War (see link below) calls him headmaster. Together with his cousin G. Hermkens, chaplain in Montfoort, he was arrested on December 17, 1944 while leading people through the front&nb …
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Hermkens,
Gerardus
∗ 1903-01-05
Venlo
† 1945-02-18
Buchenwald
Montfort - L.O. - priest - The L.O. at Montfort was led by H. Seegers and Vicar Gerardus Hendrikus Hubertus Hermkens. On December 16, 1944, the Ardennes Counteroffensive begins, a.k.a. Battle of the Bulge. So the …
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Hoogendijk,
Herman Charles Joseph
∗ 1897-01-24
Den Haag
† 1945-04-10
Buchenwald
Roermond - L.O. - priest - From 1935 he was a Dutch Reformed pastor in Roermond. Married, 4 children. Member of LO-Roermond, also representative of the NSF (Nationaal Steunfonds = National&nb …
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Houben,
Hubertus Petrus Hermanus
Sjeng
∗ 1915-07-09
Eys, gem. Wittem
† 1945-05-19
Ludwigslust
Wittem - L.O. - priest - Hubertus Petrus Hermanus Houben was vicar in Epen and local head of the Catholic Action. [1]
Because he knew many people, he was an important link in smuggling people across the near dutch-belgian border. These were escaped French-speaking prisoners of war, Jews and Allied airmen. Read the&nbs …
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Jacobs,
Karel
Père Hugues /Pater Hugo
∗ 1900-11-17
Antwerpen
† 1943-10-09
Bunnik (Utrecht)
Belgium - early resistance - press - Group Erkens - priest - He was not a resistance fighter in the Dutch province of Limburg, but was in close contact with them and therefore also appears on this list. His resistance activity began by helping escaped French prisoners of war to continue their escape. He was a Cistercian monk in the Abbey of Val-Dieu and was

This person is not (yet?) listed on the walls of the chapel.02-03
Jong, de
Henk
∗ 1911-10-20
Wijmbretseradeel
† 1945-02-12
Haarlem
Venlo - local contact - press - NV - priest - person in hiding - In 1940, Hendrik Roelof de Jong was appointed pastor of the Reformed Church in Venlo. He was co-editor of the illegal newspaper Trouw and a collaborator of the Nationaal Steun Fonds (National Support Fund, a Dutch resistance organization that financed the rest of the resistance) [1]. From&nbs …
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Knops,
Hubert Maria
∗ 1888-08-05
Heerlen
† 1944-04-23
Echt
Echt - L.O. - priest - Parish priest of Koningsbosch, municipality of Echt. Arrested 29 February 1944 for helping people in hiding.

Lemmens,
Johannes Antonius Mathias
Jan
∗ 1912-04-28
Limmel
† 1945-03-25
Nordhausen
Maastricht - Belgium - priest - forced labor - Secret Army (B) - Photo: The Hagiography Circle [1] →

Jan Lemmens was born in Limmel [2.1], a village then belonging to the municipality of Meerssen and today to Maastricht.
He was a monastic chaplain with the Ursuline Sisters in Maastricht, moved to ’s-Gravenvoeren [2.2] on January …

This person is not (yet?) listed on the walls of the chapel.-

Linders,
Johannes Antonius
Pater Sebaldus
∗ 1907-06-15
Mook
† 1944-08-11
Kamp Vught
L.O. - priest - person in hiding - The outskirts of Limburg - Jan Linders was born in Mook, entered the Franciscan order under the name Sebaldus and was ordained priest in 1933. During the war he lived in the monastery in Alverna [1] (Wijchen) and was vicar there. He helped Jewish children and Jewish adults, as well as others in hiding, to find shelter and& …

This person is not (yet?) listed on the walls of the chapel.
Lochtman,
Hein
∗ 1911-09-02
Kerkrade
† 1945-02-27
Bergen Belsen
Kerkrade - Maastricht - L.O. - priest - Vicar in Limmel from 1940 and member of LO in Maastricht. He hid people in hiding. On May 10, 1944, he was arrested as a result of betrayal by Aldegonda (Gonnie) Zeguers-Boere and so mistreated that …
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Lochtman,
Hein
∗ 0000-00-00
† 0000-00-00
Kerkrade - Maastricht - L.O. - priest - Hein Lochtman ?
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Merkx,
Adrianus Hubertus Josef
broeder Valentinus
∗ 1892-08-13
Hooge en Lage Zwaluw
† 1945-03-31
Bergen-Belsen
Weert - priest - On June 21, 1944, a meeting of the leaders of the L.O. Province of Limburg took place at the Boys’ Boarding School of St. Louis (of the Brothers of the Immaculate Conception of Mary, also called Brothers of Maastricht) at the Korenmarkt in Weert. At least one representative from each district was< …
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Meulendijks,
Johannes
pater Christofoor
∗ 1895-11-16
Asten
† 0000-00-00
Bergen-Belsen
Valkenburg - Venlo - L.O. - priest - Father Christofoor was a member of the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts [1] (ss.cc.). He lived in the cloister on the Cauberg in Valkenburg. After vicar Jac. Naus had to go into hiding, he became his successor at St. Martinus Church in Venlo on& …
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Moonen,
J. Leo
ome Leo
∗ 1895-08-31
Heerlen
† 1945-04-02
Bergen-Belsen
Roermond - L.O. - priest - carillon - Secretary of the diocese. He was the spiritual advisor and so one of the de facto leaders of the Catholic resistance in the Dutch province of Limburg. He thus also had an influence on the liquidation of traitors. In his opinion, this should be avoided as far as possible. But if it was really  …
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Muhren,
Piet
Père Étienne /Pater Stephanus
∗ 1908-09-14
Bergen-op-Zoom
† 1943-10-09
Bunnik (Utrecht)
Belgium - early resistance - press - Group Erkens - priest - Petrus („Piet“) Johannes Cornelis Muhren was not a resistance fighter in the Dutch province of Limburg, but was in close contact with them and therefore also appears on this list. His German ancestors still wrote "Mühren", but in Dutch it is pronounced the same way.He entered the novitiate of

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Naus,
Jacobus Johannes
Van Doorn /Jac
∗ 1913-12-31
Egchel
† 1945-04-15
Bergen-Belsen
Venlo - L.O. - priest - person in hiding - carillon - On June 6, 1939, Jac Naus was appointed vicar in the parish of St. Martinus in Venlo. There, together with Ambrosius and his colleague P.G. van Enckevort, he was one of the founders of the LO. Dr. Fred Cammaert said in his speech
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Oppen, van
Jules Louis Antoine
∗ 1882-05-10
Maastricht
† 1943-02-16
Vught
Venlo - early resistance - priest - Dean Jules van Oppen was the first clergyman in Venlo and all of Limburg to pay for his resistance with death. After the German invasion on May 10, 1940, he opposed the German films that were shown in the cinemas of Venlo. According to the Church, they were immoral and anti-patriotic. The Germans …
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Penders,
Leo
∗ 1914-07-01
Voerendaal
† 1945-04-24
Bergen-Belsen
Gulpen - Voerendaal - L.O. - priest - Vicar Leon Marie Hubert Penders headed subdistrict 2 of the LO with the places Gulpen, Reymerstok and Wylré. (See map 45. Gulpen district: division into subdistricts. Cammaert VIb, p. 693) and determined the district’s financial policy from 12 January 1944. On July 21, 1944, Vicar Penders …
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Peters,
Piet
∗ 1912-11-27
Ottersum
† 1945-04-06
Buchenwald
Tegelen - L.O. - priest - person in hiding - Father Petrus Nicolaas Andreas Peters was a member of the L.O. Steyl and vicar. Pastor P.P. Windhausen, himself and three others from Steyl and Tegelen went into hiding in the tower room of the Steyl church and later moved into the basement. There
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Ramakers,
V.L.Servaas
∗ 1906-04-23
Schinnen
† 1945-03-09
Bergen-Belsen
Heerlen - L.O. - priest - Vicar in Heerlerheide. Arrested by the Landwacht on August 18, 1945. See Cammaert VIb, p. 665 and "Vier dont ut zelf - 150 jaar geschiedenis van een parochie" (150 years history …
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Regout,
Robert
∗ 1896-01-18
Maastricht
† 1942-12-28
Dachau
Maastricht - early resistance - priest - Robert Hubert Willem Regout was a Jesuit and legal scholar. In 1934, he received his doctorate from the University of Nijmegen on the doctrine of “just war”. From 1939 he was an associate professor of international law there. During the occupation, he provided information everywhere on the&nb …

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Rijnders,
Hendricus Leonardus Hubertus
Harrie / Harry
∗ 1914-12-29
Swalmen
† 1942-09-14
Dachau (D)
Beesel - priest - Hendrikus Leonardus Hubertus Rijnders was a vicar in Saint Quentin (France) and pastor in Gricourt. Arrested on July 17th, 1941 while on vacation at his parents’ in Reuver. With 150 other prisoners he was gassed. According to The Hagiography Circle that was in the NS-Tötungsanstalt (Nazi killing< …
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Sars,
Adrianus Johannes Albertus
∗ 1905-12-26
’s-Hertogenbosch
† 1945-04-23
Passau.
Roermond - L.O. - priest - Vicar at the cathedral of Roermond. With the arrival of a paratrooper battalion under the command of Major Ulrich Matthaeas, a somber, ominous atmosphere arose in Roermond. The major complained to his superiors that the male population was a danger to his soldiers. One of his subordinates, F.W.&n …
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Verdonschot,
Leonardus Mattheus
Leo
∗ 1916-07-24
Weert
† 1945-03-02
Bergen-Belsen
Echt - L.O. - priest - Vicar Verdonschot began his resistance work by helping French-speaking prisoners of war who had escaped from Germany. They were taken to Belgium via Wessem/Maasbracht-Stevensweert. (Cammaert III [1],p. 195) Since the summer of 1943 he led the L.O. in Koningsbosch and for this purpose he …
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Vullinghs,
Hendrik Jacob
Henri
∗ 1883-09-14
Sevenum
† 1945-04-09
Bergen-Belsen
Grubbenvorst - early resistance - L.O. - priest - Zwarte Plak - Catholic parish priest of Grubbenvorst and building parish priest in Grashoek, studied musicology in Italy and the United States. He was known as a very open-minded and culturally enthusiastic person. Already during 1941 and 1942, he began to help Jews in collaboration with the Amsterdam journalist< …
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Windhausen,
Peter
∗ 1892-06-29
Roermond
† 1945-03-28
Buchenwald
Tegelen - priest - person in hiding - Petrus Paulus Windhausen (Catholic parish priest in Steyl-Tegelen), vicar P.N.A. Peters and three other people from Steyl and Tegelen had hidden in the tower room of the church in Steyl and later moved to the basement. There they …
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