…un jeune homme qui s’opposant à l’idéologie Nazi s’est battu contre les philosophies haineuses qui à l’époque apparaissaient partout en Europe. Arrêté en Belgique après beaucoup de pérégrinations, il fut déporté en Allemagne comme prisonnier “Nacht und Nebel” Continue reading Des Pays-Bas à la Bavière – en cherchant Jan van Boeckel (in French for a change)
A sense of humour is one of the best survival tools, and the van Boeckels had loads of it. Talking to Jacqueline and Ineke, two of the youngest van Boeckels, they forever tell their painful childhood stories laced with the jokes that were prevalent in the family. It still makes them laugh out loud. Continue reading Processions in the Hunger Winter
And so when Jan does not show up in Haarlem, my grandpa writes to the Saint Leonard prison in Liege in June 1945, inquiring after his son. The Belgian authorities reply that the records have been destroyed and that they are unable to answer him. On the third of August 1945 a letter arrives on my grandmother’s doorstep. Continue reading Where is Jan?