Categories

  • Archives (26)
  • False Documents (19)
  • Images (7)
  • Join the Resistance (41)
  • Memory (29)
  • Money (13)
  • Occupation (21)
  • People (23)
  • Postwar after effects (9)
  • research (5)
  • Routes (54)
  • Security (37)
  • Sources (22)
  • Stories (32)
  • Uncategorized (19)
  • Archives

  • June 2017 (2)
  • May 2017 (3)
  • April 2017 (2)
  • March 2017 (2)
  • February 2017 (2)
  • January 2017 (2)
  • December 2016 (2)
  • November 2016 (3)
  • October 2016 (2)
  • September 2016 (2)
  • August 2016 (3)
  • July 2016 (2)
  • June 2016 (2)
  • May 2016 (2)
  • April 2016 (2)
  • March 2016 (3)
  • February 2016 (2)
  • January 2016 (2)
  • December 2015 (2)
  • November 2015 (2)
  • October 2015 (2)
  • September 2015 (3)
  • August 2015 (2)
  • July 2015 (2)
  • June 2015 (2)
  • May 2015 (2)
  • April 2015 (2)
  • March 2015 (3)
  • February 2015 (2)
  • January 2015 (2)
  • December 2014 (2)
  • November 2014 (2)
  • October 2014 (2)
  • September 2014 (3)
  • August 2014 (1)
  • July 2014 (3)
  • June 2014 (2)
  • May 2014 (2)
  • April 2014 (3)
  • March 2014 (2)
  • February 2014 (2)
  • January 2014 (2)
  • December 2013 (2)
  • November 2013 (2)
  • October 2013 (3)
  • September 2013 (2)
  • August 2013 (2)
  • July 2013 (2)
  • June 2013 (2)
  • May 2013 (2)
  • April 2013 (3)
  • March 2013 (3)
  • February 2013 (3)
  • January 2013 (3)
  • December 2012 (3)
  • November 2012 (3)
  • October 2012 (3)
  • September 2012 (3)
  • August 2012 (3)
  • July 2012 (3)
  • June 2012 (3)
  • May 2012 (3)
  • April 2012 (3)
  • March 2012 (3)
  • February 2012 (3)
  • January 2012 (3)
  • December 2011 (3)
  • November 2011 (3)
  • October 2011 (4)
  • September 2011 (3)
  • August 2011 (3)
  • July 2011 (3)
  • June 2011 (3)
  • May 2011 (3)
  • April 2011 (3)
  • March 2011 (3)
  • February 2011 (3)
  • January 2011 (3)
  • December 2010 (3)
  • November 2010 (3)
  • October 2010 (4)
  • September 2010 (3)
  • August 2010 (3)
  • July 2010 (3)
  • June 2010 (3)
  • May 2010 (3)
  • April 2010 (4)
  • March 2010 (3)
  • February 2010 (4)
  • January 2010 (3)
  • December 2009 (3)
  • November 2009 (4)
  • October 2009 (1)
  • September 2009 (3)
  • August 2009 (2)
  • July 2009 (2)
  • June 2009 (2)
  • May 2009 (2)
  • April 2009 (1)
  • Uncategorized Category

    7th Jan

    As I’m writing the snow is falling down faster than we can keep the walkways shoveled, and the schools have been closed for the next three days due to dangerously cold temperatures. The last winters of the war and the first winters of the peace were also remarkably cold. But unless you stick to straightforward […]

    28th Oct

    Three Categories of Passeurs

    In the previous post I shared the reflections of Frits, a Dutch university student who smuggled Jews and Engelandvaarders over the border from the Netherlands into Belgium for Dutch-Paris. As far as passeurs go, Frits was unusual. Generally speaking, you can divide up passeurs into three classes: volunteers, professionals and criminals. Frits was a volunteer […]

    7th Aug

    Devout Criminals

    One of the ironies of the Nazi Occupation is that it led the most upright, church-going citizens into criminality. Men and women who would not dream of telling a lie, let alone defrauding the government or disobeying a law in 1938 found themselves routinely using false papers, sneaking across borders and generally disregarding the law […]

    1st Oct

    A Resistance Joke

    Humor will tell you a lot about current happenings and values in a culture. Take, for instance, a letter that John Weidner wrote to a colleague at the end of October 1942.* “I returned to Lyon two or three days ago after adventures that I hope to have the “pleasure” of telling you about some […]

    25th Apr

    The Rescuers Rescued

    Sixty-six years ago this week the Danish government and the Swedish Red Cross evacuated 7,000 female prisoners from the concentration camp at Ravensbrück, most likely saving their lives. The women traveled by the famous White Buses or train to ferries that took them to Sweden, where they were nursed back to sufficient health to return […]

    20th Nov

    Much to be Thankful for…

    Studying the Second World War gives one a perspective that makes the Thanksgiving season all the more meaningful. During the war, millions of men, women and children were displaced from their homes as soldiers, refugees, (slave) laborers or prisoners. Most did not leave forwarding addresses. So let us be grateful that we know where our […]

    6th Jul

    V-man or Con Man?

    On 23 November 1943, two plain clothes German policemen arrested a Dutch banker in the train station in Antwerp, Belgium. The banker sat in a prison in Belgium for three months without being interviewed, was then transferred to an internment camp in the Netherlands where he was interviewed in an almost gentlemanly manner and then […]

    1st Feb

    I was sitting in the Nationaal Archief in Den Haag reading through the telegrams exchanged between the Dutch Legation in Bern and the Dutch government-in-exile in London when the ever-helpful archivist sat down next to me.  He told me that a mutual acquaintance had called him to say that a certain LF had died. “Oh?”  […]

    28th Dec

    New Year, New Place

    We – my husband, our two little boys and I – are on our way to The Hague for the next seven months so that I can research Dutch-Paris in the Netherlands and other relevant points. As is so often the case, that sentence has been easier said than done. Apparently my request to spend seven months in […]