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1940-1945. The resistance in the dutch province of Limburg

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A little geography and regional history, for a better understanding: For hundreds of years, there have been many linguistic, economic and political links between the "three Limburgs" represented on the map to the right (Source: Wikimedia, click on the map). The former Duchy of Limburg no longer exists since the time of Napoleon and is now part of the Belgian province of Liege. The majority of the population speaks French today, but during the war, Limburgish was still the main language spoken in the north. It is a regional Germanic language.
After the defeat of Napoleon, the other two territories, which are the Limburgs of today, became one province in the new Kingdom of the Netherlands (which was identical with today’s BeNeLux). The new province was named after the former duchy. When Belgium seceded in 1830, the province of Limburg was divided: Belgian Limburg and Dutch Limburg, which plays the main role on this site.
Refugees had to be forwarded from the Netherlands to Belgium. This also happened from the southern edge of South Limburg, among others in the direction of the Voer municipalities and the region of Herve. There, too, people of the resistance died. Some of them were in direct contact with the Limburg resistance and are therefore also listed here.
Jules Goffin and Karel Jacobs (Father Hugo) were part of the Belgian intelligence network Clarence, Piet Muhren (Father Étienne) of the Erkens group. This made no difference to the two monks of Valdieu Abbey. They worked closely together, despite Clarence’s strict rule of cloisoning, of division into boxes: only one group per person and only one activity. Perhaps this contributed to their becoming victims, like the Erkens group, of the Hannibal game?
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The fallen resistance people in Limburg

Belgium – 32 pers.

Backer, Debacker, de
Willem
∗ 1894-09-11
Maastricht
† 1944-09-06
Leopoldsburg (B)
- Belgium - Maastricht -

Willem Debacker had a Maastricht mother and was born in Maastricht as well. That is why he is mentioned, by the way without any further comment, on maastrichtsegevelstenen.nl [1].
In the …

This person is not (yet?) listed on the walls of the chapel.-
Beazar,
Gustaaf
Modest
∗ 1908-07-29
Aspelare
† 1944-09-12
Heer
- Belgium - Secret Army (B) - Heer - Initial resistance -

The northeast of Belgian Limburg was the territory of the ‘Secret Army, Zone II/Limburg’. Although no exact figures are available, the number of members of this group was described as ‘as …


This person is not (yet?) listed on the walls of the chapel.-
Broens /Brouns,
Harie /Henri
∗ 1925-02-18
Molenbeersel
† 1944-09-14
Gangelt (D)
- Belgium - Secret Army (B) -

He lived in Molenbeersel, Belgian Limburg. Originally buried in a mass grave in Gangelt (D). Last resting place: Unknown (Source: Memorial for seven executed Belgian resistance fighters, …

This person is not (yet?) listed on the walls of the chapel.-
Conen,
Willem
∗ 1919-03-12
Molenbeersel
† 1944-09-12
Heer
- Belgium - Secret Army (B) - Heer -

Willem Conen from Molenbeersel was one of the resisters of the Maaseik section of the Secret Army under the leadership of its section chief, gendarme

This person is not (yet?) listed on the walls of the chapel.-
Crapts,
Henricus Nicolaas
Nic
∗ 1913-12-06
Maastricht
† 1944-09-13
Lanaye/Ternaaien
- Maastricht - Belgium - White Brigade (Belgium) -

Nic Crapts was a member of the White Brigade. [1]
While accompanying the first liberators on September 13, 1944, he was shot at from one of the last German machine gun nests from the …

This person is not (yet?) listed on the walls of the chapel.-
Driessens,
Pierre Henri Jean Mathieu
Pierre
∗ 1925-05-13
Genk (B)
† 1944-09-12
Heer
- Belgium - Secret Army (B) - Heer -

Lived in Maaseik (Belgium). Son of Hendrikus Mathijs Lambertus Driessens (workman) and Victoria Theresa Hendrickx. Unmarried. Miner. Roman Catholic. Member of the Belgian resistance …


This person is not (yet?) listed on the walls of the chapel.-
Eerdekens,
Jozef
∗ 1922-06-24
Gruitrode (B)
† 1944-09-12
Heer
- Belgium - Secret Army (B) - Heer -

From Molenbeersel.

This person is not (yet?) listed on the walls of the chapel.-
Goffin,
Jules Ghislain Hubert Joseph
Jules
∗ 1897-03-31
Noville-les-Bois
† 1943-10-09
Bunnik (Utrecht)
- Initial resistance - Erkens Group - Intelligence - Belgium -

Jules Goffin was not a resistance fighter in the Dutch province of Limburg, but was in close contact with them and therefore also appears on this list.
While studying during World War I, he …


This person is not (yet?) listed on the walls of the chapel.02-02
Henkens,
Jean
∗ 1922-07-09
Opoeteren
† 1944-09-14
Gangelt (D)
- Belgium - Secret Army (B) -

He lived in Gruitrode, Belgian Limburg. Originally buried in a mass grave in Gangelt (D). Last resting place: Unknown (Source: Memorial for seven executed Belgian resistance fighters, …

This person is not (yet?) listed on the walls of the chapel.-
Hillebrand,
Johann
∗ 1922-07-12
Herzogenrath (D)
† 1944-06-10
Liège
- Secret Army (B) - Belgium - Kerkrade -

Johann Hillebrand was a miner in Belgium. Belonged there to the resistance organization
wall: left, row 25-01
Hilven,
Jean
∗ 1924-01-05
Gruitrode
† 1944-09-14
Gangelt (D)
- Belgium - Secret Army (B) -

He lived in Gruitrode, Belgian Limburg. Originally buried in a mass grave in Gangelt (D). Last resting place: Unknown. [1]

This person is not (yet?) listed on the walls of the chapel.-
Jacobs,
Karel
Père Hugues /Pater Hugo
∗ 1900-11-17
Antwerpen
† 1943-10-09
Bunnik (Utrecht)
- Underground Press - The clergy - Initial resistance - Erkens Group - Belgium -

He was not a resistance fighter in the Dutch province of Limburg, but was in close contact with them and therefore also appears on this list. His resistance activity began by helping escaped …


This person is not (yet?) listed on the walls of the chapel.02-03
Jaeken,
Pieter
∗ 1917-09-15
Neeroeteren
† 1944-09-12
Heer
- Belgium - Secret Army (B) - Heer -

Lived in Opoeteren (Belgium). Son of Jacob Jaeken and Maria Catharina Janssen. Unmarried. Farmhand. Member of the Belgian resistance organization Secret Army, sector of Maaseik.

This person is not (yet?) listed on the walls of the chapel.-
Langers,
Guillaume J.
∗ 1923-03-29
Maaseik (B)
† 1944-09-12
Heer
- Belgium - Secret Army (B) - Heer -

Shot in the park of House St. Joseph in Heer.

This person is not (yet?) listed on the walls of the chapel.-
Langers,
Jack Hubert Mathijs /Jaak
∗ 1909-02-03
Maaseik
† 1944-09-14
Gangelt (D)
- Belgium - Secret Army (B) -

He lived in Rotem, Belgian Limburg. Originally buried in a mass grave in Gangelt (D). Last resting place: Unknown. [1][2]

This person is not (yet?) listed on the walls of the chapel.-
Lemmens,
Johannes Antonius Mathias
Jan
∗ 1912-04-28
Limmel
† 1945-03-25
Nordhausen
- Maastricht - Belgium - The clergy - Forced Labor - Secret Army (B) -

Photo: The Hagiography Circle [1] →Jan Lemmens was born in Limmel [2.1], a village then belonging to the municipality of Meerssen and today to Maastricht.
He was a …

This person is not (yet?) listed on the walls of the chapel.-
Lenders,
Mathieu J.
∗ 1925-02-20
Maaseik (B)
† 1944-09-12
Heer
- Belgium - Secret Army (B) - Heer -

Lived in Maaseik. Son of miner Joseph Hubertus Lenders and Marguerite Rosalie Anne Wolfs. Unmarried. Butcher. Roman Catholic.

This person is not (yet?) listed on the walls of the chapel.-
Leroy,
Alfons
∗ 1913-06-02
Massemen (B)
† 1944-09-12
Heer
- Belgium - Secret Army (B) - Heer -

Lived in Neeroeteren (Belgium). Son of Achiel August Leroy and Maria de Rocker. Married to Anna Ida Stegen. Professional soldier. Roman Catholic.

This person is not (yet?) listed on the walls of the chapel.-
Liedekerke de Pailhe, de
Raphael R.E.J.G.
∗ 1903-04-15
Eijsden
† 1943-10-09
Fort Rhijnauwen, prov. Utrecht
- Eijsden - Belgium - Initial resistance - Erkens Group - Intelligence -

He was one of eleven members of the Dutch resistance group around Nick Erkens executed by the Germans in fort Rhijnauwen near Bunnik, province of …
wall: left, row 08-02
Meerten,
Jean Hubert Antoine Jac.
∗ 1922-11-01
Heppeneert (Maaseik)
† 1944-09-14
Gangelt (D)
- Belgium - Secret Army (B) -

He lived in Heppeneert (Maaseik), Belgian Limburg. Originally buried in a mass grave in Gangelt (D). Last resting place: Unknown. [1][2]

This person is not (yet?) listed on the walls of the chapel.-
Muhren,
Piet
Père Étienne /Pater Stephanus
∗ 1908-09-14
Bergen-op-Zoom
† 1943-10-09
Bunnik (Utrecht)
- Underground Press - The clergy - Initial resistance - Erkens Group - Belgium -

Petrus („Piet“) Johannes Cornelis Muhren was not a resistance fighter in the Dutch province of Limburg, but was in close contact with them and therefore also appears on this list. His …


This person is not (yet?) listed on the walls of the chapel.02-04
Oost-Europeaan,
?
∗ 0000-00-00
?
† 1944-09-12
Heer
- Belgium - - Heer - Secret Army (B) -

He is usually called the unknown Russian, but even that is not certain, in fact it is only known, that he was from Eastern Europe. He tried to escape and was shot while doing so. And why was he …


This person is not (yet?) listed on the walls of the chapel.-
Schepers,
Henri Hubert
Harry, “De Wit”
∗ 1914-12-21
Elsloo
† 1944-08-18
Meerssen
- Forced Labor - White Brigade (Belgium) - Belgium - Elsloo - Meerssen -

A detailed biographical description of Harry Schepers can be found on stolpersteine.app [1].
There we read the following about the tailor and goalkeeper of the first team of the Marsana …

wall: left, row 07-03
Schoenmaeckers,
Paul Fernand Cécile Ghislain Marie
Jean
∗ 1886-09-21
Amby (Maastricht)
† 1945-04-21
Obrnice (Č)
- Amby - Initial resistance - Belgium -

Paul Schoenmaeckers (“Jean”) from Amby (today a quarter of Maastricht) married Hélène Palmers on June 12, 1911 in Stevoort near Hasselt. From then on they lived in Rekem (Belgian …


This person is not (yet?) listed on the walls of the chapel.02-05
Stinkens,
Hubert
∗ 1923-12-04
As
† 1944-09-14
Gangelt (D)
- Belgium - Secret Army (B) -

He lived in Gruitrode, Belgian Limburg. Originally buried in a mass grave in Gangelt (D). Last resting place: Unknown. [1][2]

This person is not (yet?) listed on the walls of the chapel.-
Teelen /Theelen,
Jacques
∗ 1924-10-14
Neeroeteren
† 1944-09-12
Heer
- Belgium - Secret Army (B) - Heer -



This person is not (yet?) listed on the walls of the chapel.-
Tripels,
Jenny
∗ 1883-07-21
Maastricht
† 1945-02-06
Ravensbrück
- Maastricht - Women in the resistance - Belgium -

The information below is from Wikisage. [1]
Jenny Emma Félicie Tripels was a Dutch member of the Belgian resistance during World War II.
She became acquainted during World War I with …


This person is not (yet?) listed on the walls of the chapel.-
Vandijck /Vandyck /Vandijk,
Laurent Albert /Albert
∗ 1925-10-08
Neeroeteren
† 1944-09-14
Gangelt (D)
- Belgium - - Secret Army (B) -

He lived in Neeroeteren, Belgian Limburg. Originally buried in a mass grave in Gangelt (D). Last resting place: Unknown. [1][2]

This person is not (yet?) listed on the walls of the chapel.-
Vliexs,
Huberta Leonie Maria
Bertha
∗ 1923-01-06
Amby
† 1944-09-11
Opglabbeek (B)
- Women in the resistance - Belgium - Secret Army (B) - Amby -

During World War II, four of the Vliexs sisters were in the Belgian resistance organization the Secret Army. Bertha was unmarried and worked as a nurse with the Red Cross. For more information, …


This person is not (yet?) listed on the walls of the chapel.
Vliexs,
Marie Hubertina Theodora
Pia
∗ 1920-05-18
Maastricht
† 1944-09-11
Opglabbeek (B)
- Women in the resistance - Belgium - Secret Army (B) - Amby -

The daily newspaper Het Belang van Limburg wrote on September 18, 2017 [1] under the title "The 9/11 of Opglabbeek": "Shot after an attack by resistance fighters on retiring Germans. In …

This person is not (yet?) listed on the walls of the chapel.
Wolfs,
Jean Martin August
Jean
∗ 1923-06-20
Maaseik
† 1944-09-12
Heer
- Belgium - Secret Army (B) - Heer -

The baker Jean Wolfs lived in Maaseik. Son of the miner Jules Leopold Henri Wolfs and Maria Hubertina Kelders. [2] His parents both had the same last name as

This person is not (yet?) listed on the walls of the chapel.-
Wolfs,
Jules Leopold August
Jules
∗ 1923-04-29
Maaseik
† 1944-09-12
Heer
- Belgium - Secret Army (B) - Heer -

Jules Wolfs lived in Maaseik. Son of the workman Jean Herman François Wolfs and Juliana Gerardina Kelders. [2] His parents both had the same last name as

This person is not (yet?) listed on the walls of the chapel.-