“I am impressed by the depth and thoroughness of your research”
“The book is so attractively designed and with copies of the remaining letters and documents included it has become a jewel”
“Your book is beautifully executed. I am fully impressed by the appearance and the depth and breadth of your research”
“Clever how you keep it exciting. Well written. Accurate description of an era”
“The book looks wonderful! And the content is also very good. What a job it has been.”
“Well written, huge amount of research, beautiful book”
“You write so empathically about Jan, and you master the English language so well. Well done!”
“Your cover and layout show your artistry”
“You produced an excellent book. You are a very talented author” Continue reading Reactions and images
Those who have reserved or purchased a copy have contributed to fulfilling my mission: to make sure that this story is not lost. I am now able to provide some relevant archives, libraries and people with a free copy.
The quest has been completed and I end it knowing that I have accomplished what I set out to do. Thank you all who joined in. Continue reading The Quest for Jan van Boeckel ends
PRESS RELEASE: A memoir that was never written will finally be published.
The Amsterdam based author Wendy van Eijnatten will launch her book about the quest for her missing uncle Jan van Boeckel on the 11th of February 2018. Continue reading PRESS RELEASE
I wonder, after such an extended period of silence, if there might still be anyone out there who is wondering just that. Let me reassure you: it is coming along fine. Yes, I know I have not been keeping you … Continue reading How is the quest for Jan van Boeckel coming along?
It has been a whirlwind year with intense meetings, dusty archives, wild nature, heartache and joy. Continue reading A year of questing
I, however, am spending all my time perusing archives. Hours and hours of intense detective work. Old letters, reports, testimonies and orders. Books, articles and papers. In French, German, Flemish and sometimes in Russian (which I cannot decipher). The delicate material at times nearly crumbling in my hands. Continue reading A needle in a haystack in Brussels
During my visit I was interviewed about my Jan van Boeckel project and although the resulting article is written in German (tip: run it through google translate), it gives quite a good overview . You can read the article on the ITS website. Continue reading A tour of archives: the ITS
Jan van Boeckel spent two and a half months at the Citadelle de Liége in the summer of 1944. He was transferred there from the Saint-Léonard prison on D-Day, the 6th of June 1944. Continue reading Lüttich Zitadelle – The Liège Citadel
After a long search I was able to locate him at the end of last year. Theo never forgot Jan, and was extremely glad that I contacted him. I interviewed him about Jan and everything they had experienced together. Continue reading Losing a connection to the past
Jakob arrived at Flossenbürg main camp one day after Jan did. On the 15th of February 1945 he left Flossenbürg main camp for the subcamp in Saal an der Donau in a passenger train. Continue reading Jakob Hajblum – A man with character
Many hours have also been spent in walking to and through the various locations I have been able to unearth in all the documents, spots where Jan had stayed during his Belgian sojourn. Continue reading Pilgrimage 4: Wallonia
This is a very short note to my most loyal readers. There is not much time to write blogs during this pilgrimage. The chapters for the book about Jan van Boeckel are very slowly taking shape. In the mean time … Continue reading Pilgrimage 3: If dunes could speak…
Unravelling the fog the Nazis created by following the footsteps from death to life… Continue reading Pilgrimage 2: Unravelling Fog
I watch as a tear, frozen in time, melts into moss. A tear suspended – burdened with a mother’s loss, a family’s emptiness. Continue reading The End – and The Beginning