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
https://www.openstreetmap.org/relation/1414218#map=10/51.1928/5.9972

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, for example at the farm Lindenhof.
Through the mediation of A. Raab, a genever manufacturer from Herkenbosch, twenty-four Roermonders found shelter in the course of December at 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 – 49 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 …

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Bleijs (Bleys),
Ludovicus (Ludo) Adrianus
Lodewijk
∗ 1906-10-17
Tilburg
† 1945-08-15
Gorinchem
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  …

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Boijmans,
Andreas Gerardus Willem
∗ 1886-05-12
Rotterdam
† 1945-03-24
AEL Hunswinkel, Kr. Altena
Roermond - person in hiding - forced labor - 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  …
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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 …

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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 …

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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  …
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Bouman,
Martinus
Bob
∗ 1899-05-05
Gouda
† 1943-05-02
Maastricht
Roermond - CCD - early resistance - Ordedienst - april/may strike - Zwarte Plak - 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 …

More in our story Resistance in Valkenburg
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Brinkman,
Herman Joseph Frederik
Herman
∗ 1874-04-04
Gulpen-Wittem
† 1945-03-04
Köln
Roermond - L.O. - press - The 70-year-old Herman Joseph Frederik Brinkman was a notary in Roermond. He was the widower of Sophie Marie Caroline Laurence de Ras († 13 November 1906) and remarried Francisca Brinkman-Rohling on 9 January 1908. They were the parents of …


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Brinkman,
Sophie Marie Amélie Jacqueline
Sophie
∗ 1908-10-18
Roermond Geboortedat
† 1945-03-06
Klingelpütz, Köln
- Roermond - L.O. - press - Sophie Brinkman was the daughter of notary Herman Brinkman and Francisca Brinkman-Rohling in Roermond. She married Frenchman Paul Marie de Puniet de Parry in 1936 and helped escaped …


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Brinkman-Rohling ,
Francisca Alberta Maria
Francisca
∗ 1875-01-18
Dokkum
† 1945-03-27
Maastricht
- Roermond - early resistance - press - Francisca Brinkman-Rohling and her husband, 70-year-old notary Herman Brinkman, lived in Roermond [1] and were the parents of Sophie Brinkman.
About them (and their deeds) we can read in …


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Ceulen,
Alphonsus Antonius Pieter Hubertus
Alphons
∗ 1923-10-29
Maastricht
† 1945-03-17
AEL Hunswinkel
Maastricht - Roermond - forced labor - Alfons Ceulen lived in Maastricht until November 24, 1937, then in Roermond. He was a student. An official of the regional employment office recalled after the war that he was deported to Germany during the front period from Roermond, i.e. in the period September 1944 - March 1945. …


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Claessens,
Lodewijk Gerardus Hubertus
Louis
∗ 1925-10-01
Roermond
† 1944-12-26
Elmpt (D)
Roermond - person in hiding - Louis Claessens 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:  …
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Dahmen,
Jan
∗ 1907-01-17
Hoch-Emmerich
† 1944-08-19
Vught
Roermond - L.O. - Adrianus Johannes Dahmen was born in Germany to Dutch parents. [2]
He was was a merchant of electrical goods. He and his wife Lisa Ottenheym, who came from Germany, gave shelter to Allied airmen and Jewish people. Jan Dahmen, …

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Denis,
Franciscus
∗ 1907-01-17
’s-Hertogenbosch
† 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.

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Fonteijn,
Mathieu
∗ 1917-07-11
Vlodrop
† 1945-03-01
Roermond
Roermond - 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. ( …

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Fuchs,
Peter Joseph
Peter
∗ 1899-05-16
Müllenborn
† 1944-12-26
Elmpt (D)
Roermond - Jew - L.O. - person in hiding - The miller Peter Fuchs lived from his birth until September 7, 1929 in Kassel (Germany), afterwards always in Roermond. [1#3]
Married to Lucia Robling (22 September 1901 Kemmertsweiler, also from Germany). [1#2]
He was a technician/plant manager at Smeets Meelfabrieken …

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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 …

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Hanno,
Johannes Hubertus
∗ 1912-12-05
Roermond
† 1944-12-26
Elmpt (D)
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 …


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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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. …

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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 = …

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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 …

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Janssens,
Lambertus Joseph
∗ 1907-12-13
Roermond
† 1944-12-26
Elmpt (D)
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 …


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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 …

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Jongen,
Willem
∗ 1900-01-14
† 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.

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  …

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Kasdorp,
Wim
∗ 1905-05-19
Amsterdam
† 1945-04-09
AEL Hunswinkel (D)
Roermond - person in hiding - forced labor - 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 …

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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:  …
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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.”  …
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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 …

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Oljans,
Thijs
∗ 1926-01-18
Beilen
† 1944-12-26
Elmpt
Roermond - person in hiding - Thijs Oljans was an office worker. [1#4]
His biography on the website wo2slachtoffers.nl/ reads: Lived in Roermond, Schoolpad 2. Son of Jan Oljans and Annechien Kuik. Unmarried. Office worker. Thijs and his brother  …
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Oljans,
Wicher
∗ 1922-07-03
Beilen
† 1944-12-26
Elmpt
Roermond - unorganized resistance - Student - person in hiding - Student MTS (Middelbare Technische School) [1#4].
Oorlogsgravenstichting.nl [8] calls him a “member of the resistance”. Maybe that was more than setting up the hiding place mentioned below, but we don’t know more. So he appears here in the category of …

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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 wall: right, row 09-04
Polski jeniec,
Frans
∗ 0000-00-00
† 1944-12-27
Elmpt (D)
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 …


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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  …

wall: right, row 10-01
Rietjens,
Louis
∗ 1922-02-16
Roermond
† 1945-03-22
AEL Hunswinkel, Kr. Altena
Roermond - person in hiding - forced labor - Jan Louis.
See also the memorial plaque KZ Hunswinkel
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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 …

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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, …

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Schoemaker,
Richard Leonard Arnold
Richard
∗ 1886-10-05
Roermond
† 1942-05-03
Sachsenhausen (Oranienburg)
Roermond - early resistance - OD-Proces - Richard Schoemaker was a cadet at the Royal Military Academy from 1905 and active in various sports, especially fencing. In it he participated in the Olympic Games in London in 1908. He became a professor of architecture in Bandung and then in Delft.
Shortly after the beginning of the …


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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  …
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Selder,
Hubertus
∗ 1923-04-20
Roermond
† 1944-12-26
Elmpt (D)
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.
On the night of December 25-26, 1944, Selder was in hiding under the floor of …


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.
On the night of Christmas Day 1944, paratroopers, …

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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“ (wall: right, row 10-04
Stoffels,
Marcel
Starkenborg
∗ 1914-06-27
Brunssum
† 1944-08-11
Vught
Brunssum - Roermond - L.O. - Ordedienst - person in hiding - Marcel Elbert Jozef Marie Stoffels was an employee in an office. After a period of resistance activities in Apeldoorn, he went into hiding in Roermond when the members of the Dutch army were to be taken prisoner of war again.Through the mediation of Father Ludovicus Adrianus Bleijs …

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Tobben,
Jan Catharina
∗ 1928-03-14
Roermond
† 1944-12-26
Elmpt (D)
Roermond - person in hiding - Jan Catharina Tobben was a merchant. 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.
On the night from Christmas Day to Boxing Day, Tobben …


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Uphus,
Louis
∗ 1914-11-13
Rotterdam
† 1944-12-26
Elmpt (Niederkrüchten)
Roermond - person in hiding - Louis Uphus was a window dresser [1#2] and lived in Roermond [1#3] since July 16, 1940. 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 …


This person is not (yet?) listed on the walls of the chapel.04-30
Winters,
Willem
∗ 1896-02-06
Utrecht
† 1944-12-26
Elmpt (D)
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 …


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