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Helden

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In the woods near Helden an experiment was conducted to set up a real guerrilla training camp with people in hiding. It was a failure, see A military training camp for people in hiding (The Diver’s Camp near Helden) and Cammaert, Chapter VIII De Ordedienst, pp. 883: De duikkampen bij Helden en Sevenum (The Diver’s Camps near Helden and Sevenum).

The big raid

“Early on Wednesday morning, May 17, 1944, more than one hundred German soldiers, members of the Ordnungspolizei from Roermond, the almost complete SiPo-Maastricht and the five infiltrators made their way to Helden and arrested fifty-two persons. Thirty-five disappeared into camps in the Netherlands and Germany. Seven of them did not survive the war or died shortly after: A.M. Schilte (Sachsenhausen, 15. November 1944), Th.J. Kranen (Venray, November 29, 1946), G.H. van Diepen (Lübeck, June 21, 1945), Willem Lenis (Schwarmstedt, 15. September 1944), the mayor of Helden Frans van Cann (Bergen-Belsen, March 31, 1945), the chief of the Helden police Alphons van der Mullen (Bergen-Belsen, May 31, 1945) and L. van Lee (Neustadt, May 3, 1945).”

Sources & literature:

  • Het Verborgen Front – Geschiedenis van de georganiseerde illegaliteit in de provincie Limburg tijdens de Tweede Wereldoorlog. Doctorale scriptie 1994, Groningen
    VI, De L.O. (b), §VIII.2.7. Helden, Meijel & Kessel
    VIII, De Ordedienst, pp. 883: De duikkampen bij Helden en Sevenum.
  • Heemkundevereniging Helden: Oorlog 1940-1945
  • Digitaal monument Everlo, 122 namen van oorlogsslachtoffers van Helden.


Liberated: 1944-11-18


See also Between Maas and Peel

The fallen resistance people in Limburg

Helden – 13 pers.

Diepen , van
Gerardus Hendrikus
Henk
∗ 1901-04-21
Grubbenvorst
† 1945-06-21
Lübeck
- People in hiding - Forced Labor - Helden -

Henk van Diepen was an agricultural worker. [1#5]
He lived in Helden [1#3] and was also in hiding there. The SiPo Maastricht …

This person is not (yet?) listed on the walls of the chapel.
Bos,
Louis
∗ 1924-11-10
Helden
† 1944-09-25
Neerkant Liessel
- Helden - Ordedienst (O.D.) - Dutch Soldiers - People in hiding -

Louis Bos lived in Helden [1]. Son of the farmers Wilhelmus Bos and Anna Elisabeth Wolters. Unmarried. Farmer. Roman Catholic. [2]
The person in question was …

This person is not (yet?) listed on the walls of the chapel.
Cann, van
Frans Peter Mathis
Piet
∗ 1886-12-22
Melick en Herkenbosc
† 1945-03-31
Bergen-Belsen
- Mayors - Helden - Unorganized resistance -

Frans “Piet” van Cann was the mayor of Helden.
As mayor, he turned a blind eye when municipal employees engaged in illegal practices. He ignored the Germans and sabotaged …
wall: left, row 20-03
Hoebers,
Peter Johannes Jacobus
Peter
∗ 1920-07-09
Helden
† 1944-08-10
Helden
- Helden - Knokploegen (K.P.) -

Peter Hoebers was a blacksmith.
Early on Thursday morning, August 10, Nitsch, assisted by four members of the …
wall: left, row 20-04
Jacobs,
Peter Johannes
Peter
∗ 1908-10-25
Helden-Beringe
† 1945-06-18
Mainau
- Aid to People in Hiding L.O. - Local contacts - Helden -

Peter Jacobs was chairman of the Young Farmers’ Association in Helden-Beringe. During the war years, as a local contact man (duikhoofd) of the LO, he was responsible for the accommodation of about …

wall: left, row 21-01
Korsten,
Peter
∗ 1904-10-03
Helden
† 1944-08-10
Helden
- Aid to People in Hiding L.O. - Helden - Crisis Controle Dienst (CCD) -

Controller of the CCD. On Wikipedia NL [1] we can be read about him: As a controller he succeeded in misleading the occupiers by soaping the mouths and claws of confiscated …
wall: left, row 21-02
Krans,
Kornelis
Kees
∗ 1887-03-30
Hoogezand
† 1944-03-02
Helmond
- Initial resistance - Aid to People in Hiding L.O. - Aid to Jews - Forced Labor - Helden - -

Kees Krans and his wife bought in 1938 the Bovensbos farm in Helden. [1]
At the beginning of the war, they housed a Jewish family in an underground hiding place just a stone’s throw …

wall: left, row 20-05
Lee, van
Lambert
Bert
∗ 1906-07-20
Geffen (N-B)
† 1945-05-03
Lübecker Bucht
- Aid to People in Hiding L.O. - Helden -

Bert van Lee was a foreman at the Koninklijke Nederlandse Heidemaatschappij (Royal Dutch Heath Society) in North Limburg, moves to Panningen. From 1943 he helped people in hiding in and …

wall: middel, row 09-02
Lenis,
Willem
∗ 1923-12-14
Leeuwarden
† 1944-09-15
Schwarmstedt
- Forced Labor - Helden -

Willem Lenis was a tailor and one of the victims of the big raid of Wednesday 17 May 1944 in Helden, his last residence.
The …

This person is not (yet?) listed on the walls of the chapel.04-21
Mullen, van der
Alphonse Joseph Arnold
Alfons
∗ 1886-11-01
Liège
† 1945-05-31
Bergen-Belsen
- Aid to People in Hiding L.O. - Police - Helden -

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 …
wall: left, row 21-03
Schers,
Albertus Jacobus
Albert
∗ 1924-06-25
Helden
† 1945-05-01
Sandbostel
- Helden - Aid to People in Hiding L.O. -

Albert was a farmer’s son and helped support the people in hiding in the camp in the Bovensbos near Cornelis Krans.
A Dutch Nazi who had …
wall: left, row 21-04
Schilte,
Antonius Maria
Toon
∗ 1907-08-27
Rotterdam
† 1944-11-15
Sachsenhausen,
- Helden - Aid to People in Hiding L.O. -

Toon Schilte was a victim of the big raid on May 17, 1944 in Helden and Sevenum. More than 50 people were arrested. Among them …
wall: left, row 22-01
Wilms,
Martinus
Tinus
∗ 1916-10-10
Grashoek
† 1944-10-24
Grashoek
- Helden - People in hiding -

Tinus Wilms had to hide (above the peat in the barn of his parents’ farm at Grashoek in Helden-Beringe) when the staff of the first battalion of the paratrooper regiment under Major

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