Adrianus Hubertus Josef Merkx <i>(broeder Valentinus)</i>
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Adrianus Hubertus Josef Merkx (broeder Valentinus)

 13-08-1892 Hooge en Lage Zwaluw      31-03-1945 Bergen-Belsen (52)
- The clergy - Weert -

    On June 21, 1944, a meeting of the leaders of the L.O. Province of Limburg took place at the Boys’ Boarding School of St. Louis (of the Brothers of the Immaculate Conception of Mary, also called Brothers of Maastricht) at the Korenmarkt in Weert. At least one representative from each district was present. Since this meeting was betrayed, most of the participants fell into the hands of the SiPo (Security Police). This event was to go down in history as the Raid of Weert or the Betrayal of Weert. Brother Valentinus, as the monastic and boarding school director Merx was called, knew nothing about this meeting and had nothing to do with the L.O.. But he was arrested anyway and died in Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in mid-March 1945.
    In the Rumoldus Chapel in Weert hangs a bronze plaque in memory of Brother Valentinus by the Maastricht sculptor Charles Vos. Initially, this work of art hung in the St.-Louis boarding school, but later, when the boarding school was demolished, the brothers donated it to the Rumoldus Chapel.

    wall: right, row 37 #01