Mathijs Jan Antoon Rutten (Mathijs)
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Mathijs Jan Antoon Rutten is listed in the Resistance Memorial on the
left wall, row 13 #04

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Mathijs Jan Antoon Rutten (Mathijs)

 09-08-1920 Heel en Panheel      31-05-1945 Bergen-Belsen (24)
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Het Grote Gebod – L.O.

    Mathijs Rutten was a farmer. He helped Jews and those in hiding who did not want to go to Germany to work in the war industry, and participated in other underground activities. [1]
    In 1943, as in central and northern Limburg the number of people willing to dive (hide) increased sharply, several camps were set up for them in the forests. The inhabitants were mostly young men, who did not want to go to Germany for forced labor. They were not all careful; one of them, for example, kept a diary. This was the undoing of Mathijs Rutten and Willem Heber. They were arrested on September 17. [2][3]
    The LO and the OD abandoned the idea of camps for hidden people in central and northern Limburg. See A military training camp for people in hiding.
    Mathijs Jan Antoon ( Mathijs ) Rutten is listed in the Erelijst 1940-1945 (Honor Roll of the Dutch Parliament). [4]


    1. Archief Oorlogsgravenstichting, Dossier Mathijs Rutten #3
    2. Dr. F. Cammaert, Het Verborgen Front
      VIb De Landelijke Organisatie voor hulp aan onderduikers, pp. 608-610
    3. Drs L.E.M.A. van Hommerich, Het Grote Gebod, dl.1.1, De LO, Kampen 1951, p. 327
    4. Erelijst 1940-1945