June 3rd, 2023 The history of a family is closely interwoven with the history of its region. This is always and everywhere the case. For example, for the Schunck family in Kettenis it was the rise and fall of the textile industry. The Schuncks in Heerlen were closely linked to coal mining. In Valkenburg, tourism was and still is the most important source of income: More and more Valkenburgers found their livelihood in it. So please read in our chapter on the Cremers family: Valkenburg and the tourism
May 28, 2023 Vom 23. Juli bis 4. September 2023 findet im Museum Valkenburg eine Ausstellung „Klassisches Ballett in Valkenburg“ statt. Dies ist eine gute Gelegenheit, auch die Anfänge näher unter die Lupe zu nehmen. Denn über den Musik- und Ballettunterricht in Valkenburg ist bisher nicht viel geforscht worden. Vor allem über die Anfangszeit ab 1947 ist nicht viel bekannt. Wir haben hier einen Anfang gemacht. Der Ballettunterricht ist in der in 1947 gegründeten Musikschule entstanden, initiiert von Gerda Schunck-Cremers und einer Freundin. Lesen Sie: Musik- und Ballettunterricht in Valkenburg von 1947 bis 1987
May 11, 2023
Roger Moreno Rathgeb, composer of Requiem for Auschwitz, gave a speech entitled “The Forgotten Holocaust” before he lit a candle for its victims during the memorial service “Valkenburg liberated 75 years ago”. Because that needs to change, you find below the most detailed page of this digital war memorial: The genocide of the Romani in Limburg and elsewhere
Sunday, March 13, 2022 – Deadly Silent for Peace Today, at the Dutch National Cemetery of Honor in Loenen, there was a solemn gathering with two minutes of silence to think about Putin’s war against Ukraine. A Ukrainian and a Russian woman completed a blue and yellow flower monument together, consisting of the words Doodstil voor de vrede (Deadly Silent for Peace). Because making peace is only possible together.
We also think of all the people who have lost or will lose their lives, loved ones or whatever valuable they had. It reminds us of that other dictator who raided neighboring countries and "justified" it with the most incredible lies. Therefore we must not forget history.
But not told in the way the self-appointed historian in the Kremlin does. They are not heroes, but always simple people who fight back. Also here in Limburg. Even if they lose or have lost their lives in the process, it’s not about hero worship like with Hitler and other dictators. Go to 1940-1945 to read what ordinary people did against occupation and oppression in our province of Limburg.
May 14th, 2021 According to the population register, Peter Joseph Schunck was born in Hergenrath (Prussia).His parents then lived in a water mill on the Geul River in Hauset (today German-speaking Community, Belgium). What about that? Read more in the new article about the Kupfermühle.
February 7th, 2021 This website does not pretend to be up-to-date. It is much about history. That of my ancestors, that of the war, sometimes both. Sometimes we should put people extra in the spotlight, who in disastrous times did not think only of themselves. An important part of this website is about the resistance in Valkenburg and the role that my parents played in it.
But there are many more people who we should not forget. Of these, I would like to mention three here, in the order of their birth:
On 09/14/2019 started the liberation of Valkenburg, 75 years ago. That wasn’t just a party. There were also people who thought they should take revenge, see about who participated and who did’nt and about what happened
Read also the rest of the ever richer illustrated story of Pierre Schunck and the resistance in Valkenburg to the Nazis.
06/26/2019 died Danielle Dohmen. Our condolences to all who were close to her.
06/15/2019 As you can see, Português has now been added to the languages of this site too. Why? Because many people live in southern Brazil with the surname Schunck. Some of them have contacted us. Via this website and via social media. Although we do not know if there is any family relationship, we still want to give them the opportunity to get to know our family.
Because my Portuguese is not very good, I use a translation tool. Maybe the result is sometimes a bit silly.
If you want to correct something, please contact me: