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May 2, 2010
Sky Perspective Essay: Hanneke's Father
The war is now over, but so many events have taken place in these last few years that one would call this burden of memory and loss unbearable; the list of important occurences are as follows: small peace before war, the beginning and the resistance, and the struggle. Before the war, Holland was a peaceful place. I'd spent time preaching and teaching as a minister and caring for my family, consisting of my wife, two daughters, and myself. My children were still growing up; they were young when all of hell broke loose in our peaceful country. When the war was sparked, us Dutchmen fought in return, but we fell back as the Germans took control. During the war, I continued to help other Hollanders, ultimately resulting as my role in the Resistance. One of my jobs was to code and decode messages, afterward forwarding them to other members. As a member in the Resistance, I kept my cover and helped to hide many people in my family's small parsonage. All citizens struggled for life, food, and safety. Our small family was on the verge of starvation, eating slowly and saving as much as we could. One of my daughters, Hanneke, would visit on occasion, often commenting on the dwindling supply of food. There were many deaths and many arrests, including that of my own daughter (Hanneke) who had been caught after also working in the Resistance. As the days dragged on, the end of the war and struggle drew near. Our struggle, loss, and experiences during World War II changed my familiy, as well as all of Holland (and majority of Europe, at that); The pain we have endured shall never be forgotten.
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