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



As of November 1943, the Venray district of the L.O. included three sub-districts, two of which, Deurne and Veghel, were in the province of Noord-Brabant. A series of busts in December 1943 in the Helmond district, which was part of the Noord-Brabant-Oost region, resulted in the loss of ties to the regional command there. Via Venray, the Limburg region partially stepped into this gap. More info about these outskirts of Limburg.
See also the work for the people in hiding in the countryside between Maas & Peel
During the Battle of Venray in the autumn of 1944, Venray got into the front line and was heavily bombed. The mental hospital for women Sint Anna was hit particularly hard. Hundreds of refugees and the residents sat there in the coal cellars for nineteen days. A memorial to the forty residents who did not survive was erected.
Visit also the war memorial, located at Kerkpad 1, 5801 BK, Venray
Venray itself was liberated on October 18, 1944, during the Battle of Overloon. Oostrum on November 23, 1944, Blitterswijck November 25.
Project Stolpersteine in Venray and Oirlo: the German artist Gunter Demnig laid the first Stolpersteine (Stumbling Stones) in the municipality of Venray on 8 October 2019. Two in Venray and eight in Oirlo.
On the right you can see some of the monuments, which keep the memory of the war alive in the municipality of Venray. Among them also about the raids (razziamonumenten) that were carried out towards the end of the occupation in order to get forced labor for the German industry to replace the front soldiers.

Liberated: 1944-10-18 – 1944-10-18

The Bogey of Venlo. In mid-August 1943, a certain Johan Berendsen joined the municipal police of Venlo. He later commanded the Labour Control Service AKD (German: Arbeitskontrolldienst,), a gang of former camp guards, with the task of hunting down people in hiding. Berendsen thus acquired the nickname the bogey of Venlo. They also went hunting in the surrounding towns.
“In the summer of 1944, the commando Berendsen of the AKD raged in the region. It is not known how many of the hiders fell victim to it. At least five of them died in Germany: A.J. van den Munckhof, L.J. Rongen, J.M. van Gestel, P.H. van Rhee and H.A. van Oudenhoven” (Cammaert VIb, p. 713)

The fallen resistance people in Limburg

Venray – 15 pers.

Lodewijk Peter Antonius
∗ 1925-08-13
† 1944-10-04
- Venray - Forced Labor - Unorganized resistance - Dutch Soldiers - Intelligence -

Louis Arts was an apprentice plasterer. He worked as a forced laborer on a farm in Germany and took advantage of that by helping other forced laborers across the nearby border. He did so outside …

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Gestel, van
Johan Martin
∗ 1924-01-25
† 1945-03-13
- People in hiding - Forced Labor - Venray -

Jo van Gestel was a blacksmith [1#2] and a machine fitter. [1#4]
In the summer of 1944, the
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∗ 0000-00-00
† 0000-00-00
- Venray -

The (see link below) mentions for Venray some persons with this surname, but none of them has the first name Theo. Is that perhaps a cover name?
Do you know more? Write us!
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Kranen, ,
Theodorus Jacobus
∗ 1924-08-28
† 1946-11-29
- Venray - People in hiding -

Theo Kranen was one of the victims of the great raid on Wednesday, May 17, 1944 in Helden.
A mini-biography of him can be …

This person is not (yet?) listed on the walls of the chapel.04-19
∗ 1922-03-12
† 1944-01-28
AEL Großbeeren, Kr. Teltow
- Studenten - Forced Labor - Venray -

The father of Johannes Adrianus Loogman was one of the 460 Dutch personalities held hostage by the Germans in Sint Michielsgestel at the beginning of the occupation. Jan went to study in Amsterdam …

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Antonius Hubertus
∗ 1899-10-24
† 1945-01-23
Hüls, Kr. Kempen-Krefeld
- People in hiding - Forced Labor - Venray -

The carpenter Antoon Martens was arrested a few days before the liberation of Leunen (Venray municipality) with 39 other men and deported to Germany as a slave.
He was deported …
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Frans G.
∗ 1922-03-09
† 1944-11-07
- Aid to People in Hiding L.O. - Couriers of the Resistance - Venray -

Franciscus Gerardus Michels was a miller. He helped people to hide and after the liberation of Merselo on October 16, 1944, he worked as a courier for the Second British Army. This meant that he …

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Munckhof, van den
Adrianus Johannes
∗ 1923-02-10
† 1945-01-24
- People in hiding - Venray -

Arie van den Munckhof was a printer. [1]
Because of his age (21), he had to work in Germany during the war at the Thomas printing company in Kempen, but went into hiding during a …

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∗ 1925-06-16
† 1944-11-19
Dülken (D)
- Forced Labor - Venray -

Gerardus Hendrikus Hubertus Nelissen was a factory worker from Oirlo. On Friday, November 17, 1944, a large raid for slave labor in Germany took place in several villages in the Venray area, …

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Carlos Marie
∗ 1923-07-30
Fort de Kock / Bukittinggi
† 1944-02-24
- Engelandvaarders - Studenten - Venray -

Fort de Kock was the colonial name for Bukittinggi in Indonesia. Carlos’ father was an officer in the KNIL, the colonial army in what was then the Dutch East Indies. Carlos attended the IC …

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Henricus Antonius
Henny /Hendrik
∗ 1924-02-11
† 1945-05-03
- Studenten - People in hiding - Forced Labor - Venray - Limburg + -

Henny Oudenhoven was a student, but the source does not say where. [1]
On March 13, 1943 loyalty was introduced. Henny was 19 years old at the time. He had apparently refused to sign, …

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Joannes Henricus Jacobus
∗ 1923-05-11
† 1945-01-21
- Forced Labor - Venray -

The parents of Jan Quicken moved with their three children from Roermond to Venray (Paterslaan 5, later 8) in 1935. His father was co-director of the Landbouwbank (Agricultural Bank). There Jan …

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Rhee, van
Peter Hubertus
∗ 1922-01-06
† 1945-01-20
- People in hiding - Venray -

Piet van Rhee still continued working in his parents’ bakery in Castenray when he was in hiding. Nevertheless he once wanted to go out with friends but was arrested at the station in Venlo …

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Rooy, van
∗ 1920-02-21
† 1945-04-15
- Venray - People in hiding -

On October 10, 1944, he was arrested during a raid and taken to a labor camp in Remscheid (near Wuppertal). On April 15, 1945, he was killed by shrapnel during wartime operations. It was the …

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Wilhelmus Hubertus
∗ 1904-03-26
† 1944-10-18
- Unorganized resistance - People in hiding - Venray -

There are two versions about the death of 40-year-old farmer Willem Voesten on liberation day of Venray. According to both versions, he was shot because of his refusal, to work for the Germans. …

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