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Bevrijdingsdag-Dutch Liberation Day: Lemerlerveld

The small Dutch town of Lemerlerveld was an important location for the Dutch resistance during the second World War.  The courage and kindness of the citizens of this town is a symbol of what made the people of Holland great in the midst of some of the greatest evil the world has ever known.  On this Bevrijdingsdag, Dutch Liberation Day, we honor this small town and all the good it did for so many people, including my parents, Nardus and Sipora Groen as chronicled in the book Jew Face.

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How it all connects

In this post, for those who are not more directly connected, I am going to explain why things are as they are on this blog.  For example, how does Yom Hazikaron, Day of Remembrance, a day to remember those who sacrificed their lives for the State of Israel, tie in to the book Jew Face.  No post on this site is random.  The origin of it all goes deeper than the book itself.

Jew Face, as the cover says, is a story of love and heroism in Nazi-occupied Holland.  The love story between my parents and their heroic acts and behavior, Nardus and Sipora Groen is the main subject matter of the book and naturally will lead to many posts surrounding them and the life they lead.  Expanding it further the book discusses the heroism of various people, Jewish and non-Jewish throughout the 5 years of occupation.  Those active in the Dutch resistance will be discussed frequently and as in as much depth as possible with the main focus being on the righteousness of Lubertus and Geeske te Kiefte.

When you peel away another layer however the function of the blog goes much deeper and maybe requires explanation.  Three years after the Jewish people experienced the devastating horrors of the Holocaust, the Jewish State of Israel was formed.  Jews all over the world declared “Never Again” and have felt a sense of security knowing that there is a Jewish state willing to defend the lives of Jewish people all over the world regardless of their practical support for the nation.  The mere existence of this state gives an added strength to that cry of “Never Again”, and every life that is lost in defense of this state is a life that was sacrificed to protect the Jewish people.

When writing a book like Jew Face, a book about what 2 people experienced, as a Jew myself it is impossible to ignore the deeper importance of the story. The origin is the history and future of the Jewish people together with a hopeful betterment of mankind.    May God always bless those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.


More Tastes Of The Book

With the release of the book “Jew Face: A story of love and heroism in Nazi occupied Holland” imminent, I will be putting up photographs daily that pertain to important events and stories from the book. The book is the story  of my parents, Nardus and Sipora Groen mainly during the period between 1940-1945. Today’s pictures are of Nardus Groen in 1945 as a Dutch Marine attached to the US Marines in Camp Lejeune and then Sipora Rodrigues Lopes in 1943 when working as a nurse in Amsterdam.


And Yet Another Taste of the Book

With the release of the book “Jew Face: A story of love and heroism in Nazi occupied Holland” scheduled for April 13, 2012, I will be putting up photographs daily that pertain to important events and stories from the book. The book is the story  of my parents, Nardus and Sipora Groen mainly during the period between 1940-1945. Today’s picture is of Lubertus and Geeske te Kiefte with their son Gerrit.  Who were Bertus and Geeske te Kiefte?  As good as this world ever had to offer.  Want to know more? Read the book.


ANOTHER TASTE OF THE BOOK

With the release of the book “Jew Face: A story of love and heroism in Nazi occupied Holland” scheduled for April 13, 2012, I will be putting up photographs daily that pertain to important events and stories from the book. The book is the story of my parents, Nardus and Sipora Groen mainly during the period between 1940-1945. Today’s picture is of the Hollandse Schouwburg, the main Concert Hall of Amsterdam that would be turned into a detention and transit center by the Nazis. Besides being a symbol of the devastation that befell the Jewish community at the hands of the German occupiers, one of the most defining moments in the book also takes place in the Hollandse Schouwburg.


A TASTE OF THE BOOK

With the release of the book “Jew Face: A story of love and heroism in Nazi occupied Holland” scheduled for release on April 13, 2012, I will be putting up photographs daily that pertain to important events and stories from the book.  The book is the story of my parents, Nardus and Sipora Groen mainly during the period  between 1940-1945.   Today’s picture is of the “NIZ” (Nederlandse Israelitsche Ziekenhuis ) which was the main Jewish Hospital in Holland up until the Nazi occupation.  When looking at the photograph, take note on the left side of the building where it says “Zusterhuis”.  This was the nurses quarters and is of significant importance in the book’s Prologue and in future chapters.