Joseph Michael Willem Pernot (Sef)
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Joseph Michael Willem Pernot is listed in the Resistance Memorial on the
right wall, row 20 #04


Limburg 1940-1945,
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Joseph Michael Willem Pernot (Sef)


 29-05-1909 Grevenbicht      02-05-1945 Buchenwald (35)
- Aid to People in Hiding L.O. - Local contacts - Susteren -



Het Grote Gebod – L.O.

    Sef Pernot was head of a school in Susteren-Mariaveld. He was Duikhoofd of the LO in Susteren. These were people in charge at the neighborhood or parish level. He maintained contacts with J.M. Peters in Roosteren, M.P.J.M. Corbeij in Sittard, and Vicar Goossens in Echt. On December 8, 1944, he fell into German hands by treachery in Posterholt, shortly after the evacuation of Susteren. He probably died in the Mauthausen concentration camp in early 1945. [1]
    In 1951, the Red Cross closed his file and informed the community about Josef Pernot, deceased either in Buchenwald or during one of the evacuation transports from Buchenwald, earliest April 7, 1945, latest May 2, 1945. [2#3]
    The Oorlogsgravenstichting (Dutch War Graves Foundation) therefore gives May 2, 1945 in Germany. [6]
    The Red Cross writes to his widow about Josef Pernot, deceased in April 1945 as a prisoner of the Buchenwald concentration camp, among other things: Of very many who died just in the last weeks of the war, it has unfortunately never been possible to determine their grave sites. [2#5]
    What the Nazis euphemistically referred to as evacuation transports is now known as death marches. One of their aims was to "disappear" as many prisoners as possible in the shortest possible time and over the largest possible area because they were incriminating witnesses. [3]
    We do it here as it is written on his In Memoriam card: deceased in Buchenwald. [4]
    Even though Buchenwald may have been located somewhere in Germany at the time.
    Joseph Michael Willem ( Sef ) Pernot is listed in the Erelijst 1940-1945 (Honor Roll of the Dutch Parliament). [5]

    Footnotes

    1. Dr. F. Cammaert, Het Verborgen Front – Geschiedenis van de georganiseerde illegaliteit in de provincie Limburg tijdens de Tweede Wereldoorlog. Doctorale scriptie 1994, Groningen
      6. De Landelijke Organisatie voor hulp aan onderduikers, p. 628
    2. Archief Oorlogsgravenstichting (@ Nationaal archief),
      Dossier Sef Pernot • #3#5
    3. Wikipedia • NederlandsDeutschEnglishFrançaisEspañol
    4. Erelijst 1940-1945
    5. Oorlogsgravenstichting.nl