Jan Willem Creusen (Wiel "oom Kees")
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Jan Willem Creusen is listed in the Resistance Memorial on the
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Jan Willem Creusen (Wiel "oom Kees")


 31-07-1893 Kerkrade      31-05-1945 Bergen-Belsen (51)
- Raad van Verzet (RVV) - Couriers of the Resistance - Underground Press - Aid to Jews - Kerkrade -

    According to Cammaert [1], Wiel Creusen was a civil servant at the Distribution Office [2] and former chairman of the local Unie. [3]
    He was also involved in helping, among others, Jewish persons in hiding and managed the distribution of the underground newspaper “Je Maintiendrai” in Kerkrade. At the request of Paul Guermonprez [4], he was founder and chief courier of the R.V.V. for the southern part of the Netherlands and contact man between the top and the region. He was supported in this by André Gubbels. He traveled a lot. One day after the arrest of Paul Guermonprez on April 4, 1944, Creusen was arrested on a train between Utrecht and Maarssen with a suitcase full of food stamps and other documents. It is highly unlikely that this was due to Guermonprez’s arrest, as no other arrests followed, except André Gubbels, until four months later. Creusen succumbed to the effects of hardships in German camps on May 31, 1945.
    Source : Cammaert IX, pp. 947-952. [1]
    In the archives of the Oorlogsgravenstichting there is a reply form in which the municipality states that he was a commercial traveler. [5] Cammaert too writes that he traveled a lot. Was he not a civil servant after all?
    Jan Willem ( Wiel "oom Kees" ) Creusen is listed in the Erelijst 1940-1945 (Honor Roll of the Dutch Parliament). [6]

    Footnotes

    1. Dr. F. Cammaert, Het Verborgen Front – Geschiedenis van de georganiseerde illegaliteit in de provincie Limburg tijdens de Tweede Wereldoorlog. Doctorale scriptie 1994, Groningen
      9. De Raad van Verzet in het Koninkrijk der Nederlanden
    2. Wikipedia • RantsoeneringRationierungRationingRationnementRacionamento
    3. Nederlandsche Unie, Wikipedia • NederlandsDeutschEnglish
    4. Paul Guermonprez, Wikipedia • NederlandsDeutschEnglishFrançais
    5. Archief Oorlogsgravenstichting (@ Nationaal archief), Dossier Wiel Creusen #3
    6. Erelijst 1940-1945
    7. https://kerkradewiki.nl/kerkrade/verzet-tijdens-de-tweede-wereldoorlog/