Arts Muskens (George)
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Arts Muskens

 02-07-1923 Maastricht      14-04-1944 Arnhem (20)
- Knokploegen (K.P.) - Nijmegen - Studenten - Maastricht -


Het Grote Gebod – K.P.

    George Muskens (Gregorius Johannes Arnoldus Maria Muskens) was a trainee sculptor. He was a member of the Nijmegen Knokploeg (armed unit) . [1][3]
    In a failed liquidation attempt on 14/04/1944, Muskens was killed and Moormann was arrested. Quote [7]:

    Gregorius Johannes Arnoldus Maria Muskens was the son of physician Dr. Arnold Lodewijk Marie Muskens (∗ Nijmegen December 31, 1878 – † 6 September 1964) and Geertruida Anna Elisabeth Maria van der Waarden. Father Muskens had previously been married to Emma Jeanne Regout of Maastricht, but she died in Heerlen in August 1918. Gregorius trained as a sculptor and was a very active member of the Knokploeg-Nijmegen. He searched for traitors within the resistance. On April 10, 1944, he was seriously wounded in a raid with student Julius Moormann on German soldiers and a German police chief inspector on the Nebo hill. He was accused of trying to rob and kill the chief inspector. The latter succeeded in shooting Muskens down. Four days later Muskens died in prison in Arnhem. Muskens was buried in the cemetery on the Daalseweg (24-6-4) until the fall of 1969, then in the field of honor of the Vredehof cemetery [5]. The student Julius Moormann was sentenced to death by the Police District Court Martial in Arnhem in May 1944. He was executed on May 17, 1944.

    See also the brief biography on [4].
    The group led by Dobbe, which was specialized in liquidating dangerous Nazis, was also called the Opruimdienst (Clean-up Service). [2]
    Muskens’ name was mentioned on the memorial stone of the Union field hockey club. However, according to, this memorial no longer exists [6].
    He is in the Roll of Honour 1940-1945 of the Dutch Parliament [8].



    1. Theo Dobbe en de Nijmeegse Knokploeg, in: Jaarboek Numaga 2008, p. 51-77
    2. Theo Dobbe
    3. Het Grote Gebod, 1/2, De landelijke knokploegen, Kampen 1951, p. 591
    5. Ereveld Vredehof in Nijmegen