Alphonse Joseph Arnold van der Mullen <i>(Alfons)</i>
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Alphonse Joseph Arnold van der Mullen is listed in the Resistance Memorial on the
left wall, row 21 #03

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Alphonse Joseph Arnold van der Mullen (Alfons)

 01-11-1886 Liège      31-05-1945 Bergen-Belsen (58)
- Aid to People in Hiding L.O. - Police - Helden -

Het Grote Gebod – L.O.

    Alphonse van der Mullen was one of the three police officers active in Helden in the resistance (the other two were J.J. Grijsbach and G.W.H. van Amerongen. He was their local chief or Opperwachtmeester). They and the other pilot helpers were all members of the local L.O./K.P. section, which was headed by an official of the local distribution office, W.L. Houwen. [1#4]
    In July 1943, a large German unit raided a forest camp for hidden persons. Van der Mullen having warned Houwen, the camp was evacuated just in time. But for the farmer Cornelis Krans, who had helped set up the camp, the raid turned out to be fatal.
    Finally, on May 17, 1944, also van der Mullen fell victim to the great raid in Helden and Sevenum. More than 50 people were arrested. Seven of them did not survive the war or died soon after, including Alphons van der Mullen.
    For more information, see the text above the list of fallen resistance fighters from Helden (Cammaert VIb, p. 602 [1#6b]
    Transferred from the Vught camp to Sachsenhausen on 4 September 1944. ( Het Vrije Volk 20-07-1945, under « Request for information » [4])
    For more information, read the short biography by Henk Westland. [2]
    He is listed in the “Erelijst 1940-1945” (Honor Roll of the Dutch Parliament). [3]


    1. Dr. F. Cammaert, Het Verborgen Front – Geschiedenis van de georganiseerde illegaliteit in de provincie Limburg tijdens de Tweede Wereldoorlog. Doctorale scriptie 1994, Groningen
      4. Hulpverlening aan geallieerde piloten en hun bemanningsleden, p. 310
      6b. De Landelijke Organisatie voor hulp aan onderduikers, p. 602
    2. Marechaussee Contact, 2014-4, Henk G. Westland (lt.-kol. b.d.) Hier geen NSB’er. Deel XVIII uit de serie De onbekende helden van 1940-1945
    3. Erelijst 1940-1945