The memoirs are about ordinary people in extraordinary times. Their lives are seen through the eyes of a child, and through the letters and documents left behind by her father. The author describes her family life in the Netherlands in the first half of the twentieth century. Her earliest childhood memories were idyllic. Then came mobilization, the Second World War, the dangers and deprivations, and the difficult post-war economic recovery period. Faced with limited options for her future, she went to the United states to attend college. The memoirs end with her arrival in New York when she was eighteen.
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1941 Yesterday army atthe attic baby beautiful bedroom Belgium Bergen op Zoom bicycle birthday bomb boys brother camp couple Crown Princess Juliana Dear Bram Dear Josien Deurne dike door dress Dutch Dutch East Indies everything father father’s February 27 floor friends front German girls Goebbels Gouda grandfather grandparents Greetings Groningen Hague happened high school Holland Hongerwinter Johan Joosje Joseph Goebbels Josien Josina kiss Klomp knew knitting leave letter living room looked loved Maas married morning mother Netherlands never night ofthe ofthem Opa de Bruin Pappie parents play post card Queen Wilhelmina Reeuwijkse Plassen remember Saturday Seyss-Inquart Sinterklaas sister skating Sneek started stay street Sunday Tante Willy teacher things took trip W. K. de Bruin walk wanted weeks wrote Zeeland