The Hunger Winter in the Netherlands was the winter at the end of the Second World War from 1944 to 1945 with a great scarcity of food and fuel. It led to a great famine, especially in the cities of the western Netherlands. At least seventy thousand people died of hunger and cold. Causes: the food shortage in the west of the Netherlands was […]
Media attention for the filming of the Forgotten Children story in the Goudse Post and Bodegraven-Reeuwijk newspapers.
The Northern Daily has published about the Forgotten Children project, which helped a lot on locating the foster families !
In Reverend Warmenhoven's travel report it is clear that in the 1940s and 1945 there were four major church branches, denominations, that did not work together much. The children who were Roman Catholic did not know the children - from the same village if they were Reformed or Liberated and vice versa. They did not play together and went to separate schools. This applied[...]
Also see the cuttings from the Dagblad van het Noorden (=Northern Daily)
Omroep West maakte deze prachtreportage over het maken van de film Vergeten Kinderen. Dominee redt uitgehongerde kinderen door ze naar Drenthe te smokkelen in Tweede Wereldoorlog. Zie Omroep West.
“Arie spoke German and had German papers” (Theo Vreugdenhil). The diary shows that he was a good intermediary during German checks and that he was committed to collecting food for the children in Reeuwijk.
Jan Batelaan was born in Rotterdam, son of Hendrik Batelaan and Catharina Elffers. Jan has long been the only doctor in Reeuwijk and so everyone knew him. Prior to the trip, he examined all the children to determine whether they were eligable [...]
Jan Pols was raised in a skipper's family. The other skipper, Jan Willem van Dam was his brother-in-law. He had learned how to sail at a very young age, as was ususal. His sons were on board as hands, as were a few nephews (van Dam's sons). Thats' how they learned the trade.[...]
Pieter Vreugdenhil (1900 – 1958) was a fruit and veg buyer and seller; a wholesaler at the vegetable auction in Reeuwijk. Pieter was an influential man in Reeuwijk. He often visited the pastor.