Henri Vullinghs (Hendrik Jacob)
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Hendrik Jacob Vullinghs is listed in the Resistance Memorial on the
left wall, row 11 #03

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Henri Vullinghs
(Hendrik Jacob)

 14-09-1883 Sevenum      09-04-1945 Bergen-Belsen (61)
- Initial resistance - Aid to People in Hiding L.O. - Aid to Jews - Zwarte Plak - Grubbenvorst - The clergy -

Het Grote Gebod – L.O.

    Catholic parish priest of Grubbenvorst and building parish priest in Grashoek, studied musicology in Italy and the United States. He was known as a very open-minded and culturally enthusiastic person. Already during 1941 and 1942, he began to help Jews in collaboration with the Amsterdam journalist and social democrat Mathieu Smedts [1], a native of the Peel village Grashoek, and his vicar Jean Slots. An escape route was established from Amsterdam to Switzerland and hiding places were found in northern Limburg. Even after the arrest of Smedts (who survived the camps), contact with the Social Democratic group in Amsterdam was maintained. (Cammaert V, p.423 [2]).
    After the founding of the LO in 1943, Vullinghs and his group also joined. He led the local group together with H. Joosten. On May 1, 1944, Vullinghs was arrested on the street in front of the church.
    The police chief of the municipality of Weert wrote to the Dienst Identificatie en Berging (Identification and recovering service) on November 16, 1950: After his arrest by the Germans he was respectively in Maastricht, Vught, Oranienburg and Belsen, where he died on April 9, 1945. [3#5]
    About his work in the concentration camps the aforementioned Dienst Identificatie en Berging reported to the OGS: Vught: polishing Allied cartridges. In Sachsenhausen Or. in the so-called diplomatic block - no work except cleaning the shanty; he gave lectures on church music, directed a small choir. Belsen: no work. [3#9]
    According to Lou de Jong, he was one of the biggest organizers of help for pilots and people in hiding in the whole province of Limburg. The Jewish composer Hans Lachman from Berlin, who was in hiding in Grubbenvorst, wrote a Catholic requiem in honor of Father Vullinghs, probably in the 1950s. [4]


    1. Mathieu Smedts, Wikipedia • NederlandsDeutsch
    2. Dr. F. Cammaert, Het Verborgen FrontV. Hulpverlening aan joden
    3. Archief Oorlogsgravenstichting, Dossier Henri Vullinghs • #5#9
    4. Heinz Adolf Lachman Van Limburg Requiem
    5. Oorlogsgravenstichting.nl
    6. https://www.4en5mei.nl/oorlogsmonumenten/zoeken/1343/sevenum-monument-aan-het-julianaplantsoen
    7. Wikipedia NL: Henri Vullinghs