Jules Louis Antoine van Oppen
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Jules Louis Antoine van Oppen is listed in the Resistance Memorial on the
right wall, row 30 #04

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Jules Louis Antoine van Oppen

 10-05-1882 Maastricht      16-02-1943 Vught (60)
- Initial resistance - The clergy - Venlo -

    Dean Jules van Oppen was the first clergyman in Venlo and all of Limburg to pay for his resistance with death. After the German invasion on May 10, 1940, he opposed the German films that were shown in the cinemas of Venlo. According to the Church, they were immoral and anti-patriotic. The Germans took him to task several times for his film recommendations. However, the dean was not deterred by this. So he was arrested in September 1942 after his warning against the film Kora Terry starring Marika Rökk, which was shown in Venlo cinemas in May 1942, and ended up in the concentration camp in Amersfoort, from where he was taken to Vught on January 16, 1943. He died there on February 16 or 17. [1]
    Three priests of the catholic Martinus Church paid for their resistance with their lives. On the memorial plaque at this church we find their names and also that of the Protestant priest Henk de Jong.


    1. Gemeentearchief Venlo
    2. Oorlogsgravenstichting.nl