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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Roermond

Het verdriet van Roermond

Lüsekamp Mahnmal

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Ludo Bleys

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Leo Moonen
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During the last winter of war happened, what would later be called The Tears of Roermond. It was the expulsion into German slavery of virtually the entire male population from the front town of Roermond between Christmas and New Year’s Eve 1944. But around the city there were still a lot of people in hiding after that.
“Through the mediation of A. Raab, a genever manufacturer from Herkenbosch, twenty-four Roermonders found shelter in the course of December on the farm Lindenhof in the nature reserve Meinweg. This leaked out. On January 11, 1945, the SiPo from the German border town of Dahlheim, supported by the Dutch nazi Holla, surrounded the farm. After interrogation, the Roermonders were taken to a labor camp in Wassenberg. Via various camps and the Cologne prison, they finally arrived in the so-called Arbeitserziehungslager Hunswinkel (camp of education by work of Hunswinkel). The prisoners were treated extremely badly there. At least nine Roermonders died as a result of the mistreatment and deprivation.” (Cammaert VI, p. 632.)
See also the picture of the now stolen (presumably by metal thieves) memorial plaque near the nowadays flooded Hunswinkel concentration camp, where they worked on the barrage.


Liberated: 1945-03-01
Wikipedia NL: Operatie Grenade

Roermond – 42 pers.   ⇒All the fallen resistance people in Limburg
Binsbergen, van
Fons
∗ 1909-08-11
Roermond
† 1945-03-23
Verviers (B)
Roermond - L.O. - Alphons Clemens Maria, photographer. He and printer M.H. Pollaert took care of the necessary forged papers and passport photos in Roermond (Cammaert IV, p. 299). There was a forgery group in Sittard, in which a photographer H. van Binsbergen participated. (Cammaert IV, p. 268) The same surname, the same profession. Coincidence?
wall: right, row 04-01
Bleijs (Bleys),
Ludovicus (Ludo) Adrianus
Lodewijk
∗ 1906-10-17
Tilburg
† 1945-08-15
Gorinchem
This person is not (yet?) listed on the walls of the chapel. - Roermond - L.O. - K.P. - Ludo Bleijs’ surname is also spelled Bleys, and sometimes Louis is given as his first name. His resistance name was Lodewijk. During the war he was a member of the Redemptorist monastery in Roermond and together with his fellow Gerard van den Heuvel at the neighboring parish church Kapel in ’t Zand works as a vicar. He was one of the founders of the L.O. in the Roermond region. Cammaert writes in chapter VIb on p. 611: “Father Bleijs and secretary Moonen took the initiative to found the Limburgse Onderduikershuip in Central Limburg.” (L.O., Limburgian Aid to Divers. So they called the people in hiding. Later they became part of the national organization.) He was the inventor of the Limburg divers’ symbol “Our Lady of the Good Dive”. He became too well known to the SiPo and had to go into hiding himself, but he didn’t want that. So he was kidnapped by the KP group of Helden and sent to England to report to the Dutch government-in-exile in August 1944 about the resistance in Limburg. There he praised the LO very much, but the predominantly social-democratic RVV and the underground press were too left-wing for him. He became a Catholic field vicar to the military staff of Prince Bernhard in the rank of major. At Wikipedia NL (see link) we read as follows:
“After the war he traveled with his resistance colleague Frits Slomp to talk about the background of the resistance. In 1945 he was on his way to a lecture in a jeep driven by Paul Dijckhoff. On the Arkel Dike near Gorinchem, a tire burst and the car fell off the dike road. Buried under the vehicle, Bleys was seriously injured and died in hospital later that day. An examination of the car revealed that a front wheel had come loose and the bolt holes had been torn. Whether this was wear and tear or intentional could not be determined. Allegedly, the jeep was being serviced at a workshop in Utrecht, where some paroled NSB members worked, who said they could easily arrange a car crash. It has never been clarified whether sabotage was actually committed. So his name is not on the wall of the chapel of the Limburg Provincial Resistance Monument in Valkenburg. What is certain, however, is that he gave his life during his work for the resistance. That’s why he is on this list.
This person is not (yet?) listed on the walls of the chapel.04-03
Boijmans,
Andreas Gerardus Willem
∗ 1886-05-12
Rotterdam
† 1945-03-24
Hunswinkel, Kr. Altena
Roermond - person in hiding - He was one of 24 people in hiding at the Lindenhof farm in the Meinweg nature reserve, who were arrested on 11 January 1944 and eventually ended up in the Arbeitserziehungslager Hunswinkel, where a barrage was being built. More info above the list of Roermond’s fallen.
wall: right, row 05-01
Boogerd,
Han
∗ 1906-08-24
† 1943-05-02
Bergen (Noord-Limburg)
Roermond - april/may strike - The chemist Johannis Leendert Cornelis (Han) Boogerd worked for the company E.C.I. (Electrochemische Industrie) at the state mine Emma. "The entire staff of E.C.I. joined the (miners’) strike, after which the twenty-two employees were arrested and taken to Maastricht. In order to intimidate the others, one of them was chosen at random. Together with three miners and three employees of the C.C.D., Boogerd was shot in the evening of May 2 at the Hamert heath, by a firing squad of fifteen men of the Ordnungspolizei. (Cammaert VIa, p.497)
Plaque in the Staatsmijnen/DSM building in Heerlen. According to oorlogsgravenstichting.nl, he died on May 2, 1943 in Maastricht.
Please also read the article: When the miners strike against the German occupiers..
More in our story Resistance in Valkenburg
wall: right, row 03-04
Boonen,
Theo
∗ 1923-02-26
Baexem
† 1945-04-16
Herten
Roermond - Theodorus Johannes Hubertus Boonen was a farmer. Listed on the Oorlogsmonument (war memorial) Roermond
gevallenenroermond.nl/ writes: “Shot 16 April 1945, place unknown.”
wall: right, row 04-02
Bots,
Theo J.
∗ 1905-02-28
Leiden
† 1944-05-05
Roermond
Roermond - L.O. - police - Chief Inspector of Police. “In addition to the cooperation of the L.O. side and the associated aid apparatus for refugees, the contribution of some Roermond police officers was important, including Th.J. Bots. They followed in the footsteps of Bouman and his people and, in cooperation with the L.O. district leadership, established new links, e.g. to pilot helpers in Eindhoven…
On the basis of the confessions of one or more member of the group Bongaerts, Bots, Heiligers, and Munten were arrested on Tuesday, February 29, 1944, by Sipo officers Nitsch and W. Meyer. Inspector Bots died shortly after his release.” (Cammaert IV, p. 301)
He is buried in the municipal cemetery Kapel in ’t Zand in Roermond.
wall: right, row 04-03
Bouman,
Martinus
Bob
∗ 1899-05-05
Gouda
† 1943-05-02
Maastricht
Roermond - CCD - early resistance - Ordedienst - april/may strike - Martinus Antonius Marie Bouman was a first lieutenant in the KNIL (Dutch Colonial Army), then chief controller with the C.C.D. in Limburg and East Brabant. He helped downed Allies and prisoners of war who had escaped from Germany. In 1940 and 1941 still on his own, then with R.H. van de Vin from Neeritter and Pastor Vullinghs from Grubbenvorst. Through the Group Erkens they got a larger network. The miners’ strike was his undoing. See also the article: When the miners went on strike against the German occupiers. Knight Militaire Willems-Orde 4th class.
More in our story Resistance in Valkenburg
wall: right, row 04-04
Claessens,
Louis
∗ 1925-10-01
Roermond
† 1944-12-26
Elmpt (D)
Roermond - person in hiding - Belonged to the 14 Roermonders murdered during Christmas 1944, who were shot just across the German border in the Elmpt forest, in order to expel their male townmates between the ages of 16 and 60. Detailed information on this website: The Tears of Roermond.
wall: right, row 05-02
Dahmen,
Jan
∗ 1907-01-17
Roermond
† 1944-08-19
Vught
Roermond - Adrianus Johannes Dahmen was a merchant of electrical goods. He gave shelter to Allied airmen and Jewish people in hiding. Jan Dahmen, Jacob Janssen and the O.D. man Marcel Stoffels were victims of infiltration by the V-man Joop de Heus. On June 9, 1944, the Sipo from ’s-Hertogenbosch arrested the pub owner C.H.L. Hofman and his son Harrie - the latter was soon released - as well as Janssen, Dahmen and two Jews who had gone into hiding with him. Janssen and Stoffels were executed in Camp Vught on August 11 and Dahmen on August 19, 1944. P. Weyl, one of the Jews arrested with Dahmen, died in Dachau on March 20, 1945. His sister Thea survived the war. (Cammaert VIb, pp. 618-619)
wall: right, row 04-05
Denis,
Franciscus
∗ 1907-01-17
’s-Hertogenbosch
† 1944-12-26
Elmpt (D)
This person is not (yet?) listed on the walls of the chapel. - Roermond - person in hiding - Belonged to the 14 Roermonders murdered during Christmas 1944, who were shot just across the German border, in order to expel their male townmates between the ages of 16 and 60. Detailed information on this website: The Tears of Roermond.
This person is not (yet?) listed on the walls of the chapel.04-09
Fonteijn,
Mathieu
∗ 1917-07-11
Vlodrop
† 1945-03-01
Roermond
Roermond - dutch soldier - Mathias Andreas Fonteijn, member of the Resistance. later of the N.B.S. (Dutch Inland Forces) Comp. Roermond, so either KP or OD. Deceased by landmine. (gevallenenroermond.nl)
Communal cemetery Kapel in ’t Zand in Roermond, catholic part II. class, field/row/number: 3 B 28 B
wall: right, row 05-03
Fuchs,
Peter
∗ 1899-05-16
Müllenborn
† 1944-12-26
Elmpt (D)
Roermond - person in hiding - Belonged to the 14 Roermonders murdered during Christmas 1944, who were shot just across the German border, in order to expel their male townmates between the ages of 16 and 60. Detailed information on this website: The Tears of Roermond.
wall: right, row 07-01
Gruijters,
Pierre
∗ 1906-03-14
Eijsden
† 1944-10-08
Effeld
Roermond - L.O. - - press - On October 6, 1944, Pierre Emile Joseph Gruijters went with Ab Schols to a farmer in Posterholt to collect food for those in hiding. On the way they were stopped by two SS men. The front line ran approximately here in the fall of 1944. The two resistance fighters refused to hand over their bicycles. In Schols’ saddlebags, the SS men found illegal magazines.
For interrogation, the two men were taken to a Gestapo station in the German town of Effeld, just over the border near Herkenbosch. After the interrogation, chief Wilhelm Lammertz from Eschweiler ordered the execution of Schols and Gruijters. They were shot in the woods near Effeld.
wall: right, row 06-01
Hanno,
Johannes Hubertus
∗ 1912-12-05
Roermond
† 1944-12-26
Elmpt (D)
This person is not (yet?) listed on the walls of the chapel. - Roermond - person in hiding - Casual worker. Belonged to the 14 Roermonders murdered during Christmas 1944, who were shot just across the German border, in order to expel their male townmates between the ages of 16 and 60. Detailed information on this website: The Tears of Roermond.
This person is not (yet?) listed on the walls of the chapel.04-12
Helwegen,
Frans
∗ 1910-09-22
Roermond
† 1945-02-13
Buchenwald
Roermond - priest - 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. Todėl sovietai jį laikė Vakarų agentu. 1944 m. rugpjūčio 29 d. jis buvo suimtas Mastrichte. Ką jis padarė, kad išprovokavo nacių neapykantą?
Regina Laukaitytė: «F . Helwegen (1910–1945) – a Dutchman who, in Būčys’ words, spoke Russian fast and easily yet very incorrectly. He finished the Russicum College and was ordained an Eastern Rite priest in 1935. He graduated in theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University with a licentiate degree and was appointed to the mission in Kaunas in June 1937. When the Soviets occupied Lithuania, he was arrested and transported to Moscow. As a foreign citizen he was spared repression and could return to Lithuania. In January 1942 (1943 according to other sources) he left Lithuania for Holland, where he was arrested by the Nazis. He perished in Buchenwald.» (Regina Laukaitytė, Greek Rite Catholicism in Lithuania: The Mission of Bishop Petras Būčys, 1930–1940 from: Occasional Papers on Religion in Eastern Europe, Volume 36|Issue 2, Article 2, March 2016, George Fox University, p. 12;)
What did he do to incur the hatred of the Nazis?
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wall: right, row 07-02
Hendrickx,
Henri J.
∗ 1902-09-09
Swalmen
† 1945-09-05
Roermond
Roermond - Henri Hendrickx, together with his brother Sef, ran the Schöndeln farm in Roermond. Around the beginning of March 1943, the brothers were arrested (for aiding the enemy, i.e. helping escaped French prisoners of war to get home to France). Both were sentenced to long prison terms. Initially they were imprisoned in Maastricht and Utrecht, later in Rheinbach, in the Sachsenhausen concentration camp, and finally in a penitentiary in Bützow.
Jozef probably died in Bützow on April 23, 1945, because from then on he was not seen there by his brother.
On May 3, 1945, Henri Hendrickx was liberated by the Soviet army in Bützow. He returned to Dirksberg on 28-06-45. His health was so poor that he died of tuberculosis and meningitis on September 5, 1945. He is buried in the old cemetery at Herkenbosscherweg in Roermond. More information on oorlogsgravenstichting.nl, see link.
wall: right, row 06-02
Hendrickx,
Jozef Jacobus
Sef
∗ 1905-04-22
Swalmen
† 1945-04-23
Bützow-Dreibergen
Roermond - Sef Hendrickx, together with his brother Henri, ran the Schöndeln farm in Roermond. Around the beginning of March 1943, the brothers were arrested (for aiding the enemy, i.e. helping escaped French prisoners of war to get home to France). Both were sentenced to long prison terms. Initially they were imprisoned in Maastricht and Utrecht, later in Rheinbach, in the Sachsenhausen concentration camp, and finally in a penitentiary in Bützow.
Jozef probably died in Bützow on April 23, 1945, because from then on he was not seen there by his brother, but it has never been possible to determine with one hundred percent certainty where and when he died.
More information on oorlogsgravenstichting.nl, see link.
wall: right, row 06-03
Heuvel, van den
Gerard
∗ 1900-07-22
Made en Drimmelen
† 1945-03-06
JVA Köln
Roermond - L.O. - Gerardus Henricus Adrianus van den Heuvel CssR was a Redemptorist, just like his colleague Ludo Bleys and, like him, he worked as a chaplain in the parish church Kapel in ’t Zand next to their monastery in Roermond. “On December 28, Held arrested Father G.H.A. van den Heuvel.” (Cammaert VIb, p.621). F.W. Held was one of the main bloodhounds of the paratrooper battalion under Major U. Matthaeas, which terrorized Roermond in winter 44-45.
wall: middel, row 18-02
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 Support Fund), an underground fund originally for families of sailors abroad, later, headed by Walraven van Hall, also for people in hiding such as Jews, families of prisoners, etc.
In the autumn of 1944, Rev. Hoogendijk and his family had to leave the vicarage at Roersingel in Roermond because this part of the city had to be cleared for the German Wehrmacht. He found shelter with members of his community, who also had two English pilots in the house.
On the night of December 16, 1944, the police saw a light in the house. The residents were able to escape, but the two pilots and Rev. Hoogendijk were found and taken away. No one believed him that he had nothing to do with it. Also, a banned paper was found in his clothes. So he was kept there with his wife and eldest daughter and taken across the German border for further interrogation.
After the release of his wife and daughter, he first ended up in prison in Mönchen-Gladbach and then in the Buchenwald concentration camp. There his strength rapidly diminished.
At the beginning of April he was still seen walking bent over through the camp, but on April 4, 1945 he was taken to the infirmary. He died there soon after.
Actually, when he was arrested, he already had been wanted for a long time.
wall: right, row 06-04
Janssen,
Jacobus Everhardus
Jacob
∗ 1904-02-09
Nijmegen
† 1944-08-11
Vught
Roermond - Nijmegen - early resistance - Jacob Janssen was a branch manager of the grocery chain EDAH in Roermond and a member of the resistance group Oranje Vrijbuiters. [1]

His code name was Jacob, his call sign Jacques. He was involved in a staged robbery at EDAH. This brought in a lot of ration stamps. Together with his cousin Johannes Antonius Linders (Father Sebaldus), he was involved in helping Allied pilots.
On August 24, 1943, Resistance member Joop de Heus [8] was arrested for prohibited activities and began working for the Sipo. He betrayed the members of the resistance group Oranje Vrijbuiters, to which he had belonged [7]. For this reason, Jacob Janssen was arrested at his home on June 9, 1944, as were Jan Dahmen and Marcel Stoffels.
He was first transferred to the Polizeigefängnis (police prison) in Haaren and later to the concentration camp in Vught. There he was executed together with his cousin on August 11, 1944. It was not until October 27, 1945 that his next of kin received his death notice. [7]

  1. https://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oranje_Vrijbuiters
  2. Monument at the execution site and on the memorial wall in the National Memorial Kamp Vught
  3. Buried in the Asputten (ash pits) of Camp Vught
  4. Camp Vught, ger. KZ Herzogenbusch
  5. https://www.4edien5mei.nl/oorlogsmonumenten/zoeken/135/roermond-oorlogsmonument
  6. https://oorlogsgravenstichting.nl/persoon/70755/jacobus-everhardus-janssen
  7. https://www.wo2slachtoffers.nl/bio/56216/Janssen-Jacobus-Everardus.htm
  8. Wikipedia NL: Joop de Heus
  9. Digital Monument

  10. wall: right, row 05-04
Janssens,
Lambertus Joseph
∗ 1907-12-13
Roermond
† 1944-12-26
Elmpt (D)
This person is not (yet?) listed on the walls of the chapel. - Roermond - person in hiding - Factory worker. Belonged to the 14 Roermonders murdered during Christmas 1944, who were shot just across the German border, in order to expel their male townmates between the ages of 16 and 60. Detailed information on this website: The Tears of Roermond.
This person is not (yet?) listed on the walls of the chapel.04-15
Janssens,
Petrus Antonius Josephus
Pierre
∗ 1884-03-26
Roermond
† 1945-01-06
KZ Sachsenhausen
Roermond - L.O. - Painter. Recruited by Father Ludo Bleys. Pierre frequently employed Jewish people in hiding. He also organized underground addresses for Jewish people and escape routes for pilots to the south. (For convenience, all crew members of crashed Allied planes were called pilots.) Arrested on June 2, 1944, † Sachsenhausen concentration camp, Oranienburg (D). More detailed report on oorlogsgravenstichting.nl.
wall: right, row 07-03
Jongen,
Willem
∗ 1900-01-14
† 1944-12-26
Elmpt (D)
This person is not (yet?) listed on the walls of the chapel. - Roermond - person in hiding - Belonged to the 14 Roermonders murdered during Christmas 1944, who were shot just across the German border, in order to expel their male townmates between the ages of 16 and 60. Detailed information on this website: The Tears of Roermond.
This person is not (yet?) listed on the walls of the chapel.04-16
Jutjens,
Willem /Wim
∗ 1903-12-11
Den Helder
† 1945-03-25
Düsseldorf
Roermond - L.O. - local contact - He was one of the “duikhoofden” (contact persons for those in hiding) in Roermond (Cammaert VIb, p. 614). Died during forced labor.
On oorlogsdodennijmegen.nl it is thought possible that he was born in Nijmegen, but the other sources mention Den Helder: “It is not clear whether Willem Jutjens died during forced labor. In any case, he is buried on the Dutch field of honor in Düsseldorf-Oberbilk, which belongs to the German war cemetery Düsseldorf-Stoffeln. There are 1230 Dutch war victims buried on this Dutch field of honor. According to Erelijst, Willem was born in Nijmegen, but according to the Volksbund and Oorlogsgravenstichting (Dutch War Graves Foundation), he was born in Den Helder. According to the Oorlogsgravenstichting he had no profession, according to the Erelijst he was a wholesaler. Much is unclear and it is questionable whether he should be listed on this Nijmegen site.”
wall: right, row 08-01
Kasdorp,
Wim
∗ 1905-05-19
Amsterdam
† 1945-04-09
KZ Hunswinkel (D)
Roermond - person in hiding - Seller of electrotechnical articles, lived in Swalmerstraat.His son wrote: "We lived opposite the Ortskommandantur (local army HQ), so if they wanted, the Germans were in our house within ten seconds. Fortunately, my father had a pre-war business friend at the Ortskommandantur who warned him when a raid was imminent. The walls between the basements in our neighborhood had been smashed in, so it was easy to get from our house through another house to a nearby factory. There they had machines with maintenance pits where you could hide. That’s where the people in hiding went in case of a raid, and these hiding places were never discovered. At some point, this German business partner was transferred and the work became too dangerous. As a result, my father’s resistance group went into the woods near the German border, where no one ever went and it was reasonably safe.” He continues, “My father’s resistance group was betrayed and he did not return from the concentration camp. We didn’t find out until months after the war”. Source: Blog van Toon Kasdorp - Het verzet. (Blog of Toon Kasdorp - The Resistance)
See also memorial plaque KZ Hunswinkel.
wall: right, row 08-02
Kuypers/ Kuijpers,
Jacques Johannes Hubertus
Jaco
∗ 1923-08-25
Roermond
† 1945-01-25
Roermond
Roermond - Jaco was an office worker. Around January 25, 1945, Joseph Schalley from Linne and Jacques Kuypers from Roermond were arrested and shot, probably near Hattem Castle, the headquarters of infamous Major Matthaeas and his paratrooper battalion. (Archief Roermond: koud begin van 1945 – cold start of 1945) Buried on the Loenen Field of Honor.
wall: right, row 09-01
Lamsweerde, van
Frans Maurits Marie
Mauk
∗ 1911-03-13
Groesbeek
† 1945-01-20
Linne (Maasbracht)
Roermond - “Director of the Roermond branch of the Rotterdamsche Bank. Member of the resistance under the pseudonym Frans. With his own funds, the baron provided housing for escaped prisoners of war.” Traces of War
“On January 20, 1945, German paratroopers stopped the former head of cabinet of the Queen’s Commissioner in Limburg, R.A.Ch. van den Boorn, near Maasbracht, as well as the branch manager of the Rotterdamsche Bank in Roermond, Baron F.M.M. van Lamsweerde, both from Roermond. They wanted to get through the lines into the liberated area. Van Lamsweerde had with him ƒ 60,000,- for skippers in Maasbracht. The money was taken from him. Matthaeas had them both shot on the spot.” (Cammaert VIb, p. 622).
See about the reign of terror of Major Matthaeas and his paratroopers: The Tears of Roermond.
wall: right, row 07-04
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 unavoidable, he gave his consent. On August 28, 1944, he was taken to the Herzogenbusch concentration camp, better known as camp Vught. Then he came to Bergen-Belsen via Sachsenhausen. Dr. Fred Cammaert said in his speech at the unveiling of the plaque on Peace Carillon: “Leo Moonen, Bishop Lemmens’ secretary and the driving force behind the church-inspired and stimulated nonviolent resistance. Moonen maintained close contacts with many members of the resistance movement and also acted as a source of information and as an advisor. Many turned to him when difficult decisions had to be made. For example, about the elimination of traitors. Moonen followed the resistance closely and made sure that it did not develop in an aggressive direction. The irony of fate was that in August 1944 he was betrayed by a notorious NSB member from Roermond, which at his insistence was not allowed to be liquidated. At the beginning of 1945, the spiritual leader of the Limburg resistance died in the Bergen-Belsen camp".
Bearer of the Verzetskruis 1940–1945 (Cross of Resistance, one of the highest awards in the Netherlands, was awarded only 95 times)
wall: right, row 08-03
Oljans,
Thijs
∗ 1926-01-18
Beilen
† 1944-12-26
Elmpt
Roermond - person in hiding - Office worker. Is mentioned on the War memorial Roermond.
Belonged to the 14 Roermonders murdered during Christmas 1944, who were shot just across the German border in the Elmpt forest, in order to expel their male townmates between the ages of 16 and 60. Detailed information: The Tears of Roermond.
wall: right, row 09-02
Oljans,
Wicher
∗ 1922-07-03
Beilen
† 1944-12-26
Elmpt
Roermond - Student - person in hiding - Belonged to the 14 Roermonders murdered during Christmas 1944, who were shot just across the German border, in order to expel their male townmates between the ages of 16 and 60. Detailed information on this website: The Tears of Roermond.
wall: right, row 09-03
Peeters,
Paul J.
∗ 1920-03-19
Maasniel
† 1944-09-26
Maalbroek/Asenray, gem. Maasni
Roermond - person in hiding - Shot near the German border for illegal possession of arms, with Joseph Smeets. (Cammaert VIb p. 624). Is mentioned on the Oorlogsmonument (War Memorial) Roermond.
wall: right, row 09-04
Polski jeniec,
Frans
∗ 0000-00-00
† 1944-12-27
Elmpt (D)
This person is not (yet?) listed on the walls of the chapel. - Roermond - person in hiding - Polski jeniec = Polish prisoner of war. “Frans” was the unknown person in hiding. During WWII they were called “onderduikers” in the Netherlands, (which means divers). He belonged to the 14 Roermonders murdered during Christmas 1944, who were shot just across the German border, in order to expel their male townmates between the ages of 16 and 60. Detailed information on this website: The Tears of Roermond. Frans had probably been able to flee Germany and “got stuck” in Roermond.
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This person is not (yet?) listed on the walls of the chapel.04-23
Reulen,
Albert
Bèr
∗ 1916-11-12
Roermond
† 1944-06-10
Overveen
Roermond - L.O. - K.P. - Ordedienst - Butcher, factory worker and involved in the resistance groups Ordedienst (OD), Landelijke Organisatie voor Hulp aan Onderduikers (LO) and the KP (knokploegen, armed groups) of Roermond and later of Alkmaar, behause Reulen and J.P.H. Frencken moved their area of operations to North Holland in January 1944. See Cammaert VII.II.2. De knokploegen van Helden en Roermond, pp. 767-768. Reulen was arrested on 22 May 1944 and executed in the dunes after his imprisonment in the Weteringschans prison in Overveen.
Report of the Higher SS and Police Chief ‘Nordwest’: “The Police Court has sentenced the following Dutchmen to death: Factory worker Albert Reulen from Roermond and welder Jacobus Frenken from Maasniel. The convicts had participated as members of a terrorist group in the armed robberies of the town hall in Haelen on February 13, 1944, the town hall in Venhuizen on March 18, 1944, and the town hall in Heiloo on May 12, 1944. Food coupons, money, forms for identity cards and other things were stolen in quite large numbers. During the raid on the town hall in Venhuizen, one of the perpetrators shot at the resisting police officer. Thus the convicts are guilty of participation in a clandestine organization, continued sabotage and unauthorized possession of firearms.”
Kruis van Verdienste (Dutch Cross of Merit).
Sources
WO2 Biografieën Netwerk Oorlogsbronnen
Gevallenen Roermond – Achtergrond verhalen (background stories).
Listed on the Oorlogsmonument (war memorial) Roermond.
wall: right, row 10-01
Rietjens,
Louis
∗ 1922-02-16
Roermond
† 1945-03-22
KZ Hunswinkel, Kr. Altena
Roermond - person in hiding - Jan Louis.
See also the memorial plaque KZ Hunswinkel
  • https://oorlogsgravenstichting.nl/persoon/127170/jan-louis-rietjens
  • Digital Monument

  • wall: right, row 08-04
    Roosjen,
    Johan
    ∗ 1884-10-04
    Wildervank
    † 1944-11-17
    Venlo
    Roermond - Johan Roosjen was a main supervisor at the electricity supplier Provinciale Limburgse Electriciteits Maatschappij. He was also a wealthy man who traded in shares and drove around in a Ford. He was married to Harmine Ketelaars. Johannes was eventually betrayed because the PLEM’s internal telephone network was used by the resistance because it was not tapped, and later also for the connection between the liberated and the still occupied part of the Dutch province of Limburg. But Johan Roosjen certainly did not have so much part in it that he would have had to pay for it with his life. He was shot dead.
    Mentioned on the Oorlogsmonument (war memorial) Roermond.
    wall: right, row 10-01
    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. Held, exercised a real terror on the inhabitants of Roermond in December. He was assisted by two residents who gave him all sorts of tips. On December 17, vicar Sars fell into the hands of F.W. Held. Sars and Held had clashed earlier. Held had been waiting for a suitable moment to arrest Sars. (Cammaert VIb, p. 621)
    He was put on transport to Buchenwald with a group of around the Catholic parish priest Windhausen from Steyl, Leo Kluitmans and the Protestant pastor H.Ch.J. Hoogendijk from Roermond to Buchenwald.
    See also The Tears of Roermond.
    wall: right, row 10-02
    Schreurs /Schreur?,
    Joseph
    ∗ 1911-11-06
    Rotterdam
    † 1944-10-31
    Klingelpütz Köln
    Roermond - On the wall of the chapel, a Joseph Schreurs is listed for Roermond. Since no person of that name can be found for the Roermond resistance, we mention here the furniture maker Joseph Petrus Adrianus Schreur, a member of the resistance and listed on the Oorlogsmonument Roermond and gevallenenroermond.nl. This website is the only one that mentions his place of death: the Klingelpütz prison in Cologne, see link below.
    wall: right, row 10-03
    Selder,
    Hubertus
    ∗ 1923-04-20
    Roermond
    † 1944-12-26
    Elmpt (D)
    This person is not (yet?) listed on the walls of the chapel. - Roermond - person in hiding - Carpenter. Belonged to the 14 Roermonders murdered during Christmas 1944, who were shot just across the German border, in order to expel their male townmates between the ages of 16 and 60.
    This person is not (yet?) listed on the walls of the chapel.04-26
    Sevenich,
    Mathieu
    ∗ 1928-03-01
    Roermond
    † 1944-12-26
    Elmpt (D)
    Roermond - person in hiding - Errand boy, he only reached the age of 16. Belonged to the 14 Roermonders murdered during Christmas 1944, who were shot just across the German border, in order to expel their male townmates between the ages of 16 and 60. Detailed information on this website: The Tears of Roermond.
    wall: right, row 11-01
    Smeets-Hendrickx,
    Jacqueline Henrica
    (Tante) Jacquelien
    ∗ 1892-02-25
    Melick en Herkenbosc
    † 1945-02-19
    KZ Ravensbrück
    - Roermond - L.O. - One of the few female victims at the Resistance. “Arrested on August 10, 1944 in connection with the housing of Jews“ (Het grote gebod (The Great Commandment), p. 325) Pub/hotel owner, also called the resistance woman from Kapel in ’t Zand (city district of Roermond).
    Listed on the war memorial Roermond.
    wall: right, row 10-04
    Tobben,
    Jan Catharina
    ∗ 1928-03-14
    Roermond
    † 1944-12-26
    Elmpt (D)
    This person is not (yet?) listed on the walls of the chapel. - Roermond - person in hiding - Belonged to the 14 Roermonders murdered during Christmas 1944, who were shot just across the German border, in order to expel their male townmates between the ages of 16 and 60. Detailed information on this website: The Tears of Roermond.
    This person is not (yet?) listed on the walls of the chapel.04-29
    Winters,
    Willem
    ∗ 1896-02-06
    Utrecht
    † 1944-12-26
    Elmpt (D)
    This person is not (yet?) listed on the walls of the chapel. - Roermond - person in hiding - Factory worker. Belonged to the 14 Roermonders murdered during Christmas 1944, who were shot just across the German border, in order to expel their male townmates between the ages of 16 and 60. Detailed information on this website: The Tears of Roermond.
    This person is not (yet?) listed on the walls of the chapel.04-31