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Book Launch Janine Barchas: A Boyhood Under Nazi Occupation (by Jan Duijves...

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The power of these first-hand and well-illustrated recollections about a boyhood in occupied Holland lies in their extraordinary ordinariness.

As the fourth child of a large Catholic family in The Hague, Jan was spared the horrors of true persecution by the Nazis. Yet his detailed memories of deprivation and dread vividly conjure up the harshness of Dutch life under Hitler's cruel rule.

Young Jan was roughly Anne Frank's age during the war. Published here for the first time, his wartime memories preserve yet another child witness to adult injustice. Touching and surprisingly witty, his stories demonstrate how danger and domesticity go hand-in-hand during wartime.

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Jan Duijvestein was born in The Hague, Holland, into a large middle-class Catholic family with seven children - all of whom miraculously survived the war. Wartime dangers never damaged his infectious optimism. Eventually, Jan set up a realty business in The Hague. When the Cold War threatened Europe once again in the 1970s, memories of his liberation by American troops influenced his decision to emigrate to the United States of America with his own young family. Later circumstances led Jan back to his hometown, where he wrote down these wartime recollections as a legacy to his first grandchild. The work is translated from Dutch and will be introduced to you by his daughter Janine Barchas.

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