Jungle Railroad

[Featured photo: Early 1900’s Sumatra Railroad Construction Through Jungle] By Frans Krajenbrink, California, USA (My grandpa is the smallest guy and it seems he is pointing at something with his right hand.) When my mom was a little girl in the early 1900’s she lived in Palembang on the island of  Sumatra.  This island was…

Python Tree

By Robert Vanderwaall, Texas, USA It was 1930, my mother, Godefreda Gertruda van Grafhorst was 6 years old and lived, at the time, in Surabaya, Dutch East Indies, known today as Indonesia. her mother’s maiden name was Godefreda Theodora,Jacoba Bokelman and her father was Johannes Cornelius van Grafhorst.  My mom was an only child but…

Kamp Westerbork

[Featured photo: Hut Where Anne Frank Stayed in 1944] By Patricia Tiber, Arizona, USA In September I took my annual trek to the Netherlands and decided to spend some time in Drenthe, a province I had never visited before.  My request for exploring the ancient “Hunebedden,” (burial mounds-50 centuries’old megaliths);  the old Saxon village of…

Why Go to the Tropics in the 1920’s

[Featured photo: Opa, Oma, Mother, Aunt the night before departing Holland 1927] by Tim O’Callaghan, Chicago, Illinois, USA Even though the East Indies had been dominated by the Dutch, for its access to spices, since 1602. It wasn’t until 1796 when the VOC filed for bankruptcy that the Dutch administration took over and the Dutch…

Song: May of 1961

[Featured photo: 1961 Natick, Massachusetts, USA –  The Vanderwaall Family, father Charles, mother Trudy, Jerry, Grace, Eddy, Robert and baby Hans] by Robert Vanderwaall of Massachusetts, USA “May of 1961” It was May of 1961 We arrived by boat from Amsterdam. A voyage that my mind refuse to leave behind. The voyage that changed the…