Wim (alias Wam), °January 17, 1913 in Deurne, † October 12, 1999 in Bakel.
After Wilhelmus Antonius Maria van Heugten was unemployed for more than 4 years, from 1937 to 1939 he worked as a Dutch correspondent for the Czech Catholic weekly magazine “Lidove Listy” in Prague, the Karpatho Russian magazine “Roeskij Navodnij Galosj” as well as with the Slovakian monthly Kultura “. As a journalist he also regularly wrote “Prekled” in the journal of the Czech Czech youth, but due to the rise of Adolf Hitler this last mentioned magazine was canceled.
In November of the year 1940 van Heugten wrote an application letter for a position in Berlin to do journalistic work, but an answer remained where his mother decided to ask for help at Hub van Doorne. With the help of Hub van Doorne van Heugten got the position of editor-in-chief at the Nieuwsblad van Deurne on 1 July 1941 and also a function in the municipal archives, for this last function he earned fl. 20.00 per week, since 1943 van Heugten was also editor abroad of the Nieuwe Venlosche Courrant.
As editor-in-chief at the Nieuwsblad van Deurne, Van Heugten published many articles in the period from August 1941 to July 1944, which had as their object the understanding of the readers of the above-mentioned newspaper of the New Order of National Socialism. On April 21, 1942, Van Heugten received from Max Blokzijl, known as head of the press section of the National Socialist Department of Public Relations and Arts as also voice of Dutch National Socialism by his weekly radio talks for the Dutch broadcaster (for which he after the war sentenced to death and executed) the following written acknowledgment:
As a result of your head-pieces that are always read with great attention in the department, I allow you to say thank you for the way in which you strive to describe your readers the things of the day in a way that shows insight and of understanding for the new age.
On December 22, 1943, the so-called Prof. in the “Pulchri Studio” in The Hague. Goedewaagen Prize for the best journalistic achievement in 1943 awarded to four journalists: Christiaan de Graaff (chief art editor of the Algemeen Handelsblad), Hendrik Lindt (chief editor of the Arbeiderspers), Maarten van Nierop (chief editor of the Twentsch Nieuwsblad) and Wilhelmus van Heugten ( editor-in-chief of Het Nieuwsblad van Deurne) who had shown that they understood the new time and could inform their readers accordingly. Van Heugten shared this Prof. dr. Goedewaagen award with Maarten van Nierop (member of the N.S.B, the W.A. and of the Germanic S.S.). these half prof. Goedewaagen prize was also awarded by Max Blokzijl.
Below a list of some published documents, contrary to the interests of the Dutch people, which would be used against him during his later criminal trial.
- Improvements 22-11-1941
- Progress 17-01-1942
- Great Things 18-04-1942
- Dutch 04-07-1942
- Old and new 31-12-1942
- The Hope of our Fatherland 20-01-1943
- It does not happen here 14-08-1943
- Whoever dares, who wins 04-12-1943
- Right now 22-01-1944
The pro German institution of Van Heugten was not kept secret at the Deurnese youth, as attested by a letter from Robert Joseph Johan Lambooij (mayor) to the advisory committee for restoration and management in Eindhoven, stating that he thought Van Heugten was extremely unreliable during the Second World War and also the youth from Deurne made him on the street and behind his back for NSB’er. With this letter, however, one can post a marginal note since Mayor Lambooy strangely enough acted in favor of the German occupier during the Second World War. Even after the liberation, there were still regular complaints from the English side about the way their officers were spoken to or opposed by mayor Lambooy.
Until 1944, Van Heugten, supporter of Joris van Severen (founder of the fascist association ‘Verdinaso’) and as such in favor of the idea of an authoritarian state, firmly believed in a German victory.
On February 28, 1947, Van Heugten was arrested and entered the custody and internment camp “Sluis XVI” in Weert, from where he was transferred to internment camp “Kamp Vught” in Vught on 16 April 1948 where he stayed in barrack 37A under prison number 20658. Van Heugten was dismembered from the right of choice and of eligibility and of the right to work in any journalistic or leading non-journalistic position in the press sector for the term of 10 years, with effect from 15 September 1944.
The decision of the Press Council for press treatment of 25 March 1949 states among others:
The appellant is one of the non-successful civilians who, after the arrival of the Germans, made use of the opportunity offered at the time. He wanted to succeed as a journalist, and the old society seemed to have no employment for him; moreover, from an early age, he was already a supporter of an authoritarian form of government, admirer of the Flemish and social ideals proclaimed by the Fleming Joris van Severen, and he was explicitly central-European and anti-Bolshevik oriented. In this way he came naturally to the camp of the propagandists of the new order, in which environment he was so appreciated that in 1943 he was poisoned with the Goedewaagen Prize. Some letters in which he N.S.B. those in power and want to report anti-German attitude of fellow citizens are compromising for his character. Van Heugten stated at the hearing that he was now fully aware of the wrongness of this correspondence.
The appellant has been interned for about 1 1/2 years on account of his journalistic activities. He performed this work as editor-in-chief of the Nieuwsblad van Deurne, which he held since 1 July 1941 until the end of the war and since August 1943 also as editor of the Nieuw Venlosche Courant. He has indeed fulfilled both these functions in a way that partly because of this national-socialist principles or ideas or ideologies of the enemy could have found their way. His articles preached the belief in Germany’s invincibility, as such were strongly defeatist, while Germany was presented as the great champion against Bolshevism and the new order was promoted in many ways.