|Plaque at Yad Vashem, Jerusalem|
honoring Robert L. Boissevain and wife
Helen S. van Tienhoven Boissevain
and children. Four trees were planted.
What's it like to live in an occupied country?
What's it like to try to fight back against the occupiers?
My late mother Hilda van Stockum (1908-2006) has written two fictional books for children about the Dutch Resistance:
- The Winged Watchman (1962), told from the perspective of two Dutch boys aged 10 and 14 living in a rural windmill.
- The Borrowed House (1975), told from the perspective of a German girl living in a "borrowed" house in Amsterdam with her parents, who are performers sent to entertain the German troops and SS. A Dutch translation of the second book was published by Mozaiek in 2013, retitled Het Gestolen Huis (The Stolen House).
These books are based on true stories and I have been asked by the people interested in doing a miniseries, and by an interested cousin, if I could document these stories. What did my mother's relatives do during the Dutch Occupation? As the last of those who can testify personally are dying off, it is important to capture the information and make a record. For me, it's been an interesting journey of discovery, with much left to do. Continued here: http://cityeconomist.blogspot.com/2014/10/the-dutch-resistance-and-its-financing.html