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


Local contacts

The local contacts of the LO (so called duikhoofden, divers’ chiefs) were the contacts between the subdistrict leaders and the people in hiding. There was one, sometimes two per parish or quarter in every subdistrict.
See also the list of local contacts in the Valkenburg subdistict (they all survived the war!)

Local contacts – 7 pers.   ⇒All the fallen resistance people in Limburg
∗ 1902-06-03
† 0000-00-00
KZ Sachsenhausen, Oranienburg
Venlo - L.O. - local contact - Johannes Hendrikus Hubertus Holla was co-owner of a car paint shop in Venlo, local contact person of the L.O. in the St. Heart parish, Venlo. “On Tuesday, February 29, the SiPo struck and arrested P.N.A. Peters, Harry Holla, parish priest Omloo, the couriers A.R. Berger and F.G.M.J. Coehorst, some other collaborators of the L.O. and a number of people in hiding." (Cammaert VIb, p. 582) Via the jail in Maastricht, where he had to deal with the infamous Nitsch, Holla was transferred to the Amersfoort concentration camp and from there to the Sachsenhausen concentration camp in Oranienburg near Berlin. There he died, according to the Totenbuch of this camp, on 7 January 1945 (deed 359/1946).
wall: right, row 28-03
Houtem, van
Johannes Hubertus
Lange Sjeng
∗ 1917-06-16
† 1945-05-28
Wittem - L.O. - local contact - Sjeng van Houtem from Wylré was an auto mechanic an there local contact person between the people in hiding and the subdistrict of the L.O. (local contact: duikhoofd). He was arrested on July 21, 1944 at the Strike of Wittem and via Maastricht he was taken to Vught concentration camp. He later ended up in the Sachsenhausen concentration camp in Oranienburg. As the Russians got closer, the SS sent their prisoners further and further into Germany. These murderous journeys were not called death marches for nothing. He was freed by the Russians in the Wittstock forest.
His condition was very bad at the time. On May 6, 1945, the Swedish Red Cross took him to an emergency hospital in Lübeck, which had been liberated by the British on May 2. He died there on the 28th. He was first buried in the "Vorwerker Friedhof" in Lübeck. Almost 3,000 dead from concentration camps, Germans, Dutch, Poles, Estonians, Latvians, Ukrainians and Russians lie in this cemetery. He was reburied in the Catholic cemetery of Wylré.
wall: right, row 38-05
∗ 1908-10-25
† 1945-06-18
Helden - L.O. - local contact - Peter Johannes Jacobs was chairman of the Young Farmers’ Association in Helden-Beringe. During the war years, as a local contact man (duikhoofd) of the LO, he was responsible for the accommodation of about a hundred people in hiding in Beringe and the surrounding area. On August 15, he was arrested by the SiPo as a result of treason. He tried to escape, but was hit by a bullet. On September 6, he was deported from camp Vught to Sachsenhausen. After the liberation of the concentration camp, he was taken to a convalescent home on the island of Mainau in Lake Constance, where he died on June 18, 1945.
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wall: left, row 21-01
Jong, de
∗ 1911-10-20
† 1945-02-12
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). From September 1943, he arranged foster care in the Venlo region for rescued Jewish children from the crèche across the street from the Hollandsche Schouwburg in Amsterdam. LO contact person for Protestants in hiding in North Limburg. In 1944 he himself went into hiding with an aunt in Amsterdam. Arrested on January 27, 1945, he was executed with seven others on Monday afternoon, February 12, 1945, near the Jan Gijzen bridge in Haarlem, where a gunfight had taken place two days earlier, killing a German field gendarme. (Venlo Registry Office, document 468/1945). Cemetery of honor in Bloemendaal, field 35.
In Venlo four clergymen paid for their resistance with their lives. On the memorial plaque at the catholic Martinus Church we find the names of three priests of this church and also that of the protestant priest Henk de Jong.
wall: right, row 28-05
Willem /Wim
∗ 1903-12-11
Den Helder
† 1945-03-25
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 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
Konieczny /Koniecny,
Edmund (Ed)
∗ 1912-10-02
Lünen (D)
† 1944-09-08
Berg en Terblijt
Heerlen - L.O. - local contact - Edmund Konieczny lived in Heerlen and was an interpreter and sworn translator. His parents were born in Poland. Member of LO-Heerlen.
“Koniecny, who practiced the profession of interpreter/translator since the end of 1942, dedicated himself mainly to Poles in hiding. In addition, he collected weapons, ammunition and explosives with compatriots and carried out acts of sabotage. As a result of treason, he was arrested by fifteen SS men at his home in Heerlen on August 24, 1944.” Cammaert, p. 669
“Specialist in the care of Poles in hiding. Was freed from Maastricht prison and entered forbidden territory on his way home. Thus he was shot by the Germans on September 8, 1944.” Het Grote Gebod p. 339.
According to Cammaert, Konieczny was killed with a shot in the neck on September 7, 1944, in Berg en Terblijt by Nitsch, an employee of the SiPo in Maastricht.
The death certificate gives 8 September 1944 as his date of death.
wall: left, row 16-03
∗ 1909-05-29
† 0000-00-00
Susteren - L.O. - local contact - The head of a school in Susteren-Mariaveld, Joseph Michael Willem Pernot, was Duikhoofd of the LO in Susteren. These were people in charge at the neighborhood or parish level. He maintained contacts with J.M. Peters in Roosteren, M.P.J.M. Corbeij in Sittard, and Vicar Goossens in Echt. On December 8, 1944, he fell into German hands by treachery in Posterholt, shortly after the evacuation of Susteren. He probably died in the Mauthausen concentration camp in early 1945. (Cammaert VIb, p. 628), According to the (equivalent to the German War Graves Foundation) on 2 May 1945. Buried in bays.
wall: right, row 20-04