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Dancing in Bomb Shelters - Johanna Wycoff (A diary of Holland in WW2)

Discussion in 'ETO, MTO and the Eastern Front' started by merdiolu, May 19, 2013.

  1. merdiolu

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    Oct 14, 2007
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    Finished that one last night. It tells the story of 18 year old Johanna de Wilde living in Nijmegen Netherlands during the war. She kept a diary which described German invasion briefly then jumps to August 1942 (between 1940-42 several pages are missing because they were torn out by authors mother in case they were found by Nazis and used to arrest them. ) She describes vividly harsh times and conditions of occupation , brutality of Germans (had no idea they were so cruel and oppresive to regular Dutch people , I assumed Nazis would be easier on them since they were Nordic like Danes ) , deprivations , growing up as a teenager and youngster , friendships , social gatherings and romances she had in wartime and then real impressive part , Allied invasion of Europe and Operation Market Garden in September 1944. She describes landing of first airborne troops , fighting inside city and next nine months as entire Nijmegen became actually a front line city , conditions living in a liberated but half destroyed town under constant German shelling and bombing , her family's and her own relations , friendships she struck with Allied soldiers billeted in her family house. It is quite informative highly recommended.


    Note : Author Johanna de Wilde moved to Canada then USA after the war and married there. She lives in League City Texas.
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