THE DUTCH IN WARTIME

A series of books with wartime memories of Dutch immigrants to North America, who survived the Nazi occupation of The Netherlands

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ABOUT THE SERIES

The Dutch in Wartime: Survivors Remember is a series of books with wartime memories of Dutch immigrants to North America, who survived the Nazi occupation of The Netherlands.

THE DUTCH IN WAR

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At Mokeham Publishing Inc. we publish periodicals and books related to The Netherlands and the Dutch in North America. Our company was founded in 2007.

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Excerpts From the Series

INVASION

My father quickly made his way down the steeple and started to look for his family. He found his daughters Marie and little Nellie, together with his wife all dazed, still clutching the plate of ruined herring. He found my oldest brother, Wim, and he found me as I returned from an errand at a nearby store. But he could not locate my two younger brothers. He and I scoured the village together. It did not take us long to find Jan. He was still in the sandbox, where he had been playing with the three other lads when one of the bombs fell in the yard. Only one boy survived…

(Adriana Meershoek-Dekker, Toronto, Ontario)

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UNDER NAZI RULE

I remember that one day on my way to school on my scooter I was stopped a few blocks from school by German soldiers and was not allowed to proceed. I waited and waited, I heard shooting and later learned that seven or nine hostages had been executed in retaliation for sabotage by the Resistance. The shooting took place right in front of my school…

(Freddi Bousema Weston, Victoria, British Columbia)

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WITNESSING THE HOLOCAUST

It was hot and sunny one day in July of 1942, when we heard some heavy trucks entering our street about dinner-time. We opened the windows wider and we leaned out to see what was happening. We saw two army trucks and several German soldiers with guns over their shoulders. Some took up positions at intervals on the sidewalks and other went to specific addresses. They knew exactly where to go, to the Jewish families. Mrs. Gobes leaned out of one of her windows across the street. She cried and cried and desperately asked, “What can I do?”…

(Anne Bourne, Fairfax, California)

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RESISTING NAZI OCCUPATION

My father was in the Resistance, and I was enlisted for the cause as well. The secretary of the Ortskommandant was also in the Resistance, and any time I took an order there and had to wait in her office, she would give me papers, stamps, and so on. Since I was skinny as a rail and flat as a board at the age of fifteen, no one would notice a bit more bulk on my body. I was proud to do something for my country…

(Maria Pais, Mission Viejo, California)

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Launched in 2011 by Mokeham Publishing, the Dutch in Wartime book series is designed and written to be easily accessible to readers of all ages and backgrounds. These books contain important stories about the devastating effects of war and occupation on a civilian population and can be purchased from Dutchreadz.

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