A reader of my blog recently published a novel and he has been kind enough to send me a signed copy!
The story makes the connection between the famines of Ireland in the nineteenth century, the Netherlands during the Hunger Winter of 1944-1945 under German occupation, and Ethiopia in the early 1980s, thus bringing into view the universality of the effects of hunger, war and displacement. Continue reading
Posted in Books, Emigration / Immigration, History, World War Two
Tagged books, emigration, Ethiopia, famine, hunger winter, Irish Potato Famine, netherlands in WWII, refugees, starvation, World War Two
This is the ninth post in a series about American high school students’ impressions on a presentation about the Netherlands in World War Two. Click here for the introduction to said presentation.
Posted in Food, High School, Holland, World War Two
Tagged America, Bezetting, education, German occupation, Headwaters School, history, hongerwinter, hunger winter, Khabele School, Nederland, starvation, The Netherlands, tweede wereldoorlog, World War Two, WWII
This is the first of a series of posts about my family during WWII. For a brief history of the Netherlands in WWII, click here.
Most of the stories about WWII come from my mother’s side of the family. My grandparents were in their 30s when the war started, my mother was five, and my aunt turned one on a beautiful day in May 1940. (The family celebrated her birthday outside, and saw the first German planes fly over on their way to bomb the blazes out of Rotterdam.) My uncle was born two years later, in the middle of the German occupation. Continue reading
Posted in Holland, World War Two
Tagged Bezetting Nederland, bicycles, checkpoints, confiscaties, confiscations, Fietsen, German occupation, history, hongerwinter, hunger winter, Netherlands, transportation, tweede wereldoorlog, World War Two, WWII