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


Unorganized resistance

Unorganized resistance – 7 pers.   ⇒All the fallen resistance people in Limburg
Karel Hendrik
∗ 1925-01-15
† 1944-12-25
Nuth - unorganized resistance - Hein Cobben was the second son of a family with four children. They lived in Vaesrade, municipality of Nuth. He was a miner and stocky build. He regularly fought with members of the Nationale Jeugdstorm (Nazi youth organization), who went in and out of Amstenrade Castle.
One day Hein was talking to some friends at the fair in Vaesrade when suddenly men in civilian clothes, who had appeared almost unnoticed, held a pistol under his nose. Escaping was impossible. His brother Zef had previously escaped from the prison in Nuth, was caught and escaped again, probably from the train to camp Amersfoort (source: Jos Ritzen on, see link below).
wall: left, row 40-01
Frans A.
∗ 1921-10-18
† 1944-12-20
Valkenburg - unorganized resistance - Post official, unmarried, arrested (date unknown) in Cologne for smuggling letters to the Netherlands, died on 12/20/1944 in concentration camp Kdo. Langenstein-Zwieberge, Buchenwald, buried Quedlinburg, Hauptfriedhof, 23 years old.
See memorial stone former post office: war victims among postal workers in Valkenburg.
More in our story Resistance in Valkenburg
Frans A. Cobbenhaegen op de lijst van personen die tijdens de bezetting belangrijk waren voor Valkenburg.
wall: right, row 27-01
Colleije (Colleye),
∗ 1921-07-27
Eys (Wittem)
† 1949-01-25
Simpelveld - unorganized resistance - police - Josephus Hubertus Theodorus (Joseph) Colleije died after the liberation as a result of the starvation and exhaustion suffered in the prisons and camps, and was subsequently buried in Eys. Since his parents moved to Simpelveld, he too is registered there as a war victim. In the late 30’s and early 40’s he was in the ceramic art workshop in Tegelen. To avoid being called up for forced labor, he applied for police training in Schalkhaar, where he realized he had to be careful about what he said. After this training, he became a constable in the police. He also got involved in the underground, mainly to help people in need. Being aware of the dangers, he preferred to work alone. He helped to bring prisoners of war, pilots, students and Jews to safety.
wall: right, row 17-01
Frits /Fritz
∗ 1918-07-09
Rheydt (D)
† 1942-08-15
Oświęcim /Auschwitz
Maastricht - Jew - unorganized resistance - After their marriage, his parents moved to Kohlscheid near Aachen, where they opened a fabric store. The children Alfred and Carl were born there. In 1909 or 1910 the family moved to Rheydt, where Frederik (Frits) was born in 1918. In 1919 they sold the store and took a long vacation to recover from the flu pandemic. In 1920 they moved to Arndstrasse 30 in Aachen. (
They moved to Vaals in 1926. (
"Frits lived as a student in The Hague and with his brother Alfred in (nearby) Voorburg. He completed an instruction as a radio technician at the school of Radio Holland. From December 1937 he lived for several periods with his mother, first in Tunnelstraat 2 and later in Raadhuislaan 13 in Geleen. In 1940 he lived with his fiancée Elfriede Gans in The Hague, but returned to Limburg for the wedding. They married on May 8, 1941, in Vaals, where Elfriede’s mother lived, and subsequently settled at Annastraat 24 in Geleen. That same month, Frits opened Radio Technisch Bureau F. Goldsteen, a repair shop and trade in radio parts and radios. In October 1941, their daughter Carolina was born in the Annastraat. On March 12, 1942, Frits had to close his store by order of the German occupiers; as a Jew, he was not allowed to build radios. He then found a job with a company that worked for the state-owned coal mine Maurits.” (
During the war, he moved from Geleen to Maastricht and built radio transmitters for the resistance.
Arrested on May 15 (, or on May 19, 1942 (, or “on July 20, 1942, he was part of the group arrested in retaliation for unknown persons removing signs reading No entry for Jews. It is not clear whether the Germans knew of his resistance activities. Goldsteen was deported to Auschwitz with one of the first transports (July 16th).” (Herman van Rens Vervolgd in Limburg p. 105)
wall: left, row 31-03
Peussens /Peusens,
Chris H.J.
∗ 1907-05-28
† 1942-12-30
KZ Sachsenhausen, Oranienburg
Eijsden - early resistance - unorganized resistance - Christiaan Hubertus Josephus Peusens was a fodder trader. Three members of the Peussens family from Eijsden, two brothers and a sister, had several independent connections to resistance fighters in Amsterdam. With the exception of two policemen, these relationships were bona fide. For some time, the trafficking of human beings continued without significant incident. Until July 18, 1942, probably a few dozen Jews crossed the Belgian border with the help of the Peussens. On that day, four members of the Amsterdam SiPo and two gendarmes arrested the three helpers. They were probably informed by the Amsterdam police. C.H.J. Peussens died in Sachsenhausen on December 30, 1942. M.J.H. Peussens was released from the same camp and returned to his hometown on April 28, 1944. Miss J.M.H. Peussens was not deported to Germany and was able to return home after a short stay in a prison in Amsterdam." (Cammaert V, p.397)
There was also a C. Peussens active in the Blok group, the group for the pilots of the Belastinggroep (fiscal group) in Maastricht, but this is not the same person.
See also: Monument to the fallen resistance fighters (Vroenhof, Eijsden)
wall: left, row 08-04
∗ 1914-12-21
† 1945-05-03
Lübecker Bucht
Vaals - CPN - early resistance - unorganized resistance - Hendrik Servatius Jozef Senster was a miner. Arrested on fair Monday, June 23, 1941, a month and a half after the Germans invaded the Netherlands. He had organized a demonstration with a group of young people from Vaals. Then, in protest, they swept the street dirt in the direction of the German border. Two of the group were arrested. Hub Hermans was transferred to the Amersfoort concentration camp and later released. Hein ended up in Neuengamme near Hamburg. He had no success writing from the camp. Only one letter to a German address (in near Vaalserquartier) arrived.
In May 1945, the prisoners were transferred from Neuengamme to ships in the Bay of Lübeck. What the SS’s intentions were in doing so could never be clarified with certainty. The ships were bombed by the Allies on the assumption that they were troop transports, and perhaps that was exactly the idea behind it. Hein Senster was killed as a result.
wall: right, row 25-06
Wilhelmus Hubertus
∗ 1904-03-26
† 1944-10-18
Venray - unorganized resistance - person in hiding - He refused to come along with an arresting team to work in Germany and was subsequently shot by them. He died in the hospital in Tegelen. Lived in Venray-Heide and is listed on the war memorial near the Grote Kerk in Venray, see link below.
wall: right, row 35-02