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    Met my wife's uncle today for coffee, his 84th birthday. Don't know how we got on the topic but the conversation turned back the clock to a time when he was 12 years old living in Holland. The war had just ended. Turns out that one day his parents told him and a sister of roughly the same age that a bus was coming to take them away from home for awhile. He was very apprehensive and didn't want to leave his parents but eventually he got on the bus and was whisked away. Turns out that he was sent to a Dutch family farm as he described 'in the middle of nowhere still using the horse and buggy'. Turns out the whole idea was to fatten the kids up as they were so undernourished. Yes they worked on the farm but he said it wasn't too strenuous plus they ate 5 times a day. Nine months later he was returned to his family, a lot more healthier than family members that didn't get the same opportunity. I questioned him as to whether it was the Dutch gov't that organized this but he said it was the Canadian gov't. I figure it had to be both.

    He also went on on how during the war (occupation), instead of an education, he was designated each day to search for food. Left the house with a carrying bag every day, except Sundays. He told of a curfew and how they would break it at the risk of being killed. He said that certain roads were covered and the Germans would shoot at shadows but that he and some other kids doing the same thing found places on the road where sentries would have difficulty seeing anything. At night they would sneak down to the docks where German supply ships entered to see what they could get. He German guards were aware of their presence but allowed them to forage on unloaded barges and boats with instructions to 'not let us see you coming back'. There was obviously some sense of compassion exhibited by the occupiers.

    I had never heard WWII stories quite like these before and it spoke to me in a way so that I think it absolutely necessary to interview remaining survivors of that era to glean as much historical information as possible. I wonder if there's a problem obtaining data from older survivors, taboo or not reliable?


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    An old girlfriend's father in Bordeaux told me they used to go around pinching the saddles off the Germans' bikes :-)

    Surprised your in law wasn't terrified at being "taken away" like that even after the war ended.


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    Quote Originally Posted by geordief View Post
    An old girlfriend's father in Bordeaux told me they used to go around pinching the saddles off the Germans' bikes :-)

    Surprised your in law wasn't terrified at being "taken away" like that even after the war ended.
    As I said, he was apprehensive. Didn't say he was terrified however. Just don't hear much about a kid's life in postwar Europe but to tell you the truth, I haven't really looked close.
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