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1940-1945. The resistance in the dutch province of Limburg

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Unorganized resistance

There was a lot of unorganized resistance, many cases of which are no longer known. This ranged from a one-time act of resistance by an individual to continuous resistance, for example, by a family. So under this category we also include small groups that did not work within the framework of a larger organization.
If necessary, also this type of resistance often was offered with a risk to one’s own life, even if it was only once.

All the fallen resistance people in Limburg

Unorganized resistance – 40 pers.

Arts,
Lodewijk Peter Antonius
Louis
∗ 1925-08-13
Venray
† 1944-10-04
Venlo
- Venray - Forced Labor - Unorganized resistance - Dutch Soldiers - Intelligence -

Louis Arts was an apprentice plasterer. He worked as a forced laborer on a farm in Germany and took advantage of that by helping other forced laborers across the nearby border. He did so outside …

wall: right, row 31-02
Asselmans,
Louis
∗ 1915-10-23
Maastricht
† 1944-03-21
Dachau II
- Maastricht - Unorganized resistance - Forced Labor -

From January 31 to February 3, 1941, worked voluntarily for a few days in Bomlitz, Germany. Returned to Maastricht. From February 27 to June 7, 1941, he worked through the regional employment …


This person is not (yet?) listed on the walls of the chapel.
Bode, de
Nelly Adriana Jeannette
Nelly
∗ 1905-09-07
Heer
† 1944-01-16
Vught
- Unorganized resistance - Heer - Women in the resistance -

Nelly de Bode was born in Heer (today municipality of Maastricht). She lived in Rotterdam and worked at the G.A.B. (municipal employment office). She helped people in hiding. This came to …


This person is not (yet?) listed on the walls of the chapel.-
Boonen,
Theodorus Johannes Hubertus
Theo
∗ 1923-02-26
Baexem
† 1945-04-16
Herten
- Herten - Unorganized resistance - People in hiding -

Theo Boonen was a farmhand. During the last winter of war, some young people, including Theo, decided not to be evacuated and to go into hiding in the barn of the Moors family.

wall: right, row 04-02
Brouns,
Martinus Hubertus
Martin
∗ 1918-11-13
St. Pieter (M’tricht
† 1945-04-11
Mauthausen
- Geleen - Forced Labor - Unorganized resistance -

Martin Brouns was a bread peddler [1#2] and a miner. On August 19, 1929 he moved with his parents from Maastricht to Geleen. [1#3]
After being dismissed from the …
wall: left, row 09-02
Cann, van
Frans Peter Mathis
Piet
∗ 1886-12-22
Melick en Herkenbosc
† 1945-03-31
Bergen-Belsen
- Mayors - Helden - Unorganized resistance -

Frans “Piet” van Cann was the mayor of Helden.
As mayor, he turned a blind eye when municipal employees engaged in illegal practices. He ignored the Germans and sabotaged …
wall: left, row 20-03
Caris,
Peter Hubertus
Pierre
∗ 1924-01-10
Haelen
† 1944-03-08
KZ Mittelbau-Dora (Buchenwald)
- Haelen - Forced Labor - Unorganized resistance -

Pierre Caris was a car mechanic.
On April 16, 1943, he was forced to work in Germany by the regional labor office in Roermond. [1]
Later he ended up in concentration camp Dora. His …

wall: left, row 12-03
Cobben,
Karel Hendrik
Hein
∗ 1925-01-15
Hoensbroek
† 1944-12-25
Neuengamme
- Unorganized resistance - Nuth - Forced Labor -

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 …
wall: left, row 40-01
Cobbenhaegen,
Frans Alexander
Frans
∗ 1921-10-18
Valkenburg
† 1944-12-20
Buchenwald
- Forced Labor - Valkenburg - Unorganized resistance -

Frans Cobbenhaegen was a post official in Valkenburg, unmarried, arrested (date unknown) in Cologne for smuggling letters to the Netherlands. He passed through the camps of Amersfoort, …

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Collas,
Laur
∗ 1917-07-19
Maastricht
† 1943-10-06
Maastricht
- Maastricht - Unorganized resistance -

Glassblower, worked as a frontier worker in Aachen. On his own initiative, he regularly took escaped forced laborers and prisoners of war to Maastricht. But he did more:


This person is not (yet?) listed on the walls of the chapel.04-08
Colleije (Colleye),
Josephus Hubertus Theodorus
Jozef
∗ 1921-07-27
Eys (Wittem)
† 1949-01-25
Nijmegen
- Police - Unorganized resistance - Simpelveld - Engelandvaarders -

Information about Jozef Colleije we find mainly at the website of the municipality of Simpelveld:In the late 30’s and early 40’s he was in the ceramic art workshop in Tegelen. …
wall: right, row 17-01
Dahmen,
Leo
∗ 0000-00-00
† 0000-00-00
- Valkenburg - Unorganized resistance - Survivors -

Leo Dahmen is one of many examples of spontaneous resistance without which organized resistance would have been impossible. It is unknown whether he did more. Pierre Schunck, who at the time did …

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Dijk, van
Johan
∗ 1917-04-23
Maastricht
† 1941-01-27
Leusden, kamp Amersfoort
- Maastricht - Unorganized resistance -

Johannes van Dijk was an earthworker. [1#2]
The municipality of Maastricht wrote about his detention and death to the OGS on October 12, 1953: Police transit camp in …

This person is not (yet?) listed on the walls of the chapel.-
Donners,
Kaspar
∗ 1908-08-02
Weiden (D)
† 1984-09-01
Heerlen
- Unorganized resistance - Valkenburg - Survivors -

Farmer at the Koningswinkelhof, a traditional mixed farm. Neighbor of Pierre Schunck. Immediately joined in when he was asked by him to help in October 1942. They went with his horse and …
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Flachs,
Käthe
∗ 0000-00-00
† 0000-00-00
- Unorganized resistance - Valkenburg - Survivors - Women in the resistance -

Rescued the children Moos and Herman of her Jewish friend
Geenen, van
Arnold
∗ 1916-11-03
Heerlen
† 1945-05-03
Lübecker Bucht
- Nuth - Unorganized resistance - Forced Labor -

Photo: vriendenkringneuengamme.nl. [1]Arnold van Geenen lived in Vaesrade, municipality of Nuth.
He was miner No. 2999 in the State Mine Emma. …
wall: left, row 40-02
Hamers,
Jakob
∗ 1924-04-07
Breinig (D)
† 1946-08-09
Vaals
- Unorganized resistance - Forced Labor - Bocholtz -

Jakob Hamers was born in Breinig near Aachen (Germany) as a son in the Hamers-Claessens family. He was a miner. Because coal mining was important to the occupying forces, the miners were mostly …


This person is not (yet?) listed on the walls of the chapel.
Heynen,
Pierre
∗ 1918-02-01
Amby
† 1943-11-09
AEL Mülheim
- Maastricht - Forced Labor - Unorganized resistance -

Pierre Heynen (often spelled Heijnen) was an aircraft builder. He worked at the Hague aircraft factory Pander & Sons. Its owner Henk Pander was an enthusiastic member of the NSB [1] and built …


This person is not (yet?) listed on the walls of the chapel.-
Hilten, van
Antoon Gerrit Guillaume
Tom
∗ 1923-11-09
Geleen
† 1945-02-24
Neuengamme
- Geleen - Forced Labor - Studenten - Unorganized resistance -

Tom van Hilten was a student [1#1] and an office worker. [1#3]
He had evaded mandatory labor service in Germany, but was picked up in a raid in 1942 or 1943 and taken …
wall: left, row 10-01
Hokke,
Hendricus Fredericus Jan
∗ 1921-05-13
Heerlen
† 1945-01-04
Neuengamme
- Maastricht - Forced Labor - Unorganized resistance -

Hendricus Hokke was a carpenter and or joiner. Around March 1943 he was forced to go to work in Germany. [1#3]
After that, he does not seem to have returned from leave and/or gone into …


This person is not (yet?) listed on the walls of the chapel.-
Hulst, van
Joseph
∗ 1915-08-27
Maastricht
† 1944-09-05
kamp Vught
- Maastricht - Unorganized resistance -

Photo: Stumbling stone in front of his house, Kersenmarkt 2, Maastricht. [10]Joseph van Hulst lived in Maastricht and was a commercial traveler with textiles. [1]
His …

This person is not (yet?) listed on the walls of the chapel.-
Janssens,
Everhardus Lippe Jelle
Evert
∗ 1916-10-09
Heerlen
† 1943-05-29
Siegburg (D)
- Geleen - Unorganized resistance - Forced Labor -

Evert Janssens was an office worker at State Mine Maurits in Geleen and lived at Annastraat 8. [1#3]. He had moved from Schaesberg to Geleen on August 30, 1941. Only on January 29, 1943 he …

wall: left, row 09-03
Kortrijk,
Eelco Wigerius Maria
Eelco
∗ 1910-10-07
Leeuwarden
† 1945-02-06
Neuengamme
- Forced Labor - People in hiding - Unorganized resistance - Maastricht -

The photo to the right can be found on monument.vriendenkringneuengamme.nl/ [1], on forum.mestreechonline.nl [2] and on …
wall: left, row 33-02
Kroezen,
Herman Laurentius Maria
Herman
∗ 1919-12-02
Boxmeer
† 1945-05-31
Bergen-Belsen
- Police - Unorganized resistance - Horst - Weert -

During the German invasion on May 10, 1940, Herman Kroezen was a professional sergeant in the Dutch army. After their return from captivity, a job creation program was set up for these people, …

wall: left, row 23-02
Moors,
Jacobus Hubertus
Jacques
∗ 1925-04-23
Herten
† 1945-02-12
Herten
- Herten - Unorganized resistance - People in hiding -

Jacques Moors was a machine fitter. He was a brother of Jan Moors.
Read the story of the Moors brothers and how Simon Wiesenthal [2] became …

This person is not (yet?) listed on the walls of the chapel.
Moors,
Joannes Hubertus
Jan
∗ 1920-01-18
Herten
† 1945-02-12
Herten
- Herten - Unorganized resistance - People in hiding -

Jan Moors was a woodworker. He was a brother of Jacques Moors.
The municipality of Herten wrote about him to the OGS after the war:


This person is not (yet?) listed on the walls of the chapel.
Oljans,
Wicher
∗ 1922-07-03
Beilen
† 1944-12-26
Elmpt
- People in hiding - Studenten - Roermond - Unorganized resistance -

Student MTS (Middelbare Technische School) [1#4].
Oorlogsgravenstichting.nl [8] calls him a “member of the resistance”. Maybe that was more than setting up the hiding place …

wall: right, row 09-03
Pérée,
Theo
∗ 1913-10-13
Maastricht
† 1945-01-04
Neuengamme
- Maastricht - Forced Labor - Unorganized resistance -

In the genealogy Henket Henquet [1] we read:
Theo Pérée from Maastricht was afactory worker/ laborer in a noodle factory and domiciled Achter de Molens 6 in Maastricht. …

This person is not (yet?) listed on the walls of the chapel.-
Peussens,
Christiaan Hubertus Josephus
Chris
∗ 1907-05-28
Eijsden
† 1942-12-30
KZ Sachsenhausen, Oranienburg
- Eijsden - Initial resistance - Unorganized resistance -

Chris 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 …

wall: left, row 08-04
Plas,
Wilhelminus Jan
Willem
∗ 1924-05-25
Arnhem
† 1945-02-15
Oranienburg, Sachsenhausen
- Forced Labor - Unorganized resistance - People in hiding - Maasniel -

There seems to have been uncertainty as to whether Willem Plas was officially called Wilhelmus or Wilhelminus. [1#4]
In the following quotation we find a third variant, but above all …

wall: left, row 28-04
Raab,
Conrad Richard Hermann
Conrad
∗ 1895-04-04
Ochsenfurt (D)
† 1945-03-03
Köln
- Roermond - Unorganized resistance -

The first name of Conrad Raab is spelled with K only by the registry office in Roermond.
His father Hugo founded the Limburgse Spiritusindustrie (Lispin) in Herkenbosch. [1.1]


This person is not (yet?) listed on the walls of the chapel.
Ritzen,
Hendricus Servatius
Servaas
∗ 1888-08-11
Maastricht
† 1944-09-14
Maastricht
- Maastricht - Unorganized resistance -

Servaas Ritzen was a supervisor at the theater. He hid people in hiding in his apartment.
On September 9, 1944, shortly before the liberation of Maastricht, Ritzen was seriously injured when …


This person is not (yet?) listed on the walls of the chapel.-
Scheer, van der
Pieter Hendrik
∗ 1919-07-10
Nijmegen
† 1941-03-21
Nieuwenhagen
- Police - Initial resistance - Unorganized resistance - Nijmegen - Nieuwenhagen -

Pieter Hendrik van der Scheer was a conscript from 1939 until the end of the war, assigned to the Vickers M.C. 3rd Bat. 19th Reg. IVth Infantry Division and took part in the …

This person is not (yet?) listed on the walls of the chapel.
Schreur /Schreurs,
Joseph Petrus Adrianus
Joseph
∗ 1911-11-06
Rotterdam
† 1944-10-31
Klingelpütz Köln
- Roermond - Unorganized resistance - People in hiding - Forced Labor -

On the wall of the Limburg Resistance Monument there is a Joseph Schreurs listed for Roermond. No person with that name can be found among the Roermond war victims, but the furniture maker and …

wall: right, row 10-04
Senster,
Hendrik Servatius Jozef
Hein
∗ 1914-12-21
Vaals
† 1945-05-03
Lübecker Bucht
- Vaals - Initial resistance - Unorganized resistance - Communists & Sympathizers -

Hein Senster was a miner. Arrested on fair Monday, June 23, 1941, a year after the Germans invaded the Netherlands. He had organized a demonstration with a group of young people from Vaals. Then, …

wall: right, row 25-06
Ven, op de
Johannes Hendrikus
∗ 1919-02-23
Swalmen
† 1948-06-20
Maastricht
- Valkenburg - Unorganized resistance - People in hiding - Police - Survivors -

On the night of June 22, 1944, together with Den Haring, an NSB member, he was on guard at the Valkenburg distribution office. Was initiated into the plot. Afterwards went into hiding to deduce …

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Verhoeven,
Hubertus
∗ 1919-08-25
Maastricht
† 1945-04-21
Dachau
- Maastricht - Forced Labor - Unorganized resistance -

Huub Verhoeven lived in Maastricht. He was forced to work in Germany, probably in March 1942. [1].
Investigations by the Red Cross revealed that he “must have resisted” there. In …


This person is not (yet?) listed on the walls of the chapel.-
Visschers,
Hubert Joseph
Hub /Huub
∗ 1922-04-23
Elsloo
† 1944-10-20
AEL Köln
- Unorganized resistance - Forced Labor - Stein -

Hub Visschers moved with his parents from Elsloo to Steskensstraat 42 in Stein on May 14, 1929. He was unmarried during the occupation and therefore lived with his parents. He worked in Geleen as …

wall: right, row 21-02
Voesten,
Wilhelmus Hubertus
∗ 1904-03-26
Venray
† 1944-10-18
Tegelen
- Venray - Unorganized resistance - People 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 …

wall: right, row 35-02
Wauthlé,
Joseph Marie Hubertus
Jozef
∗ 1923-07-15
Mechelen (L)
† 1944-11-27
Brandenburg
- Engelandvaarders - Forced Labor - Unorganized resistance - Wittem -

Jozef Wauthlé was a lathe operator. He is friends with Sjeu Wetzels from Schweiberg. They decide to go to England together in order to liberate the fatherland from there. They …
wall: right, row 39-03