Kamp Westerbork.

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… Read More

Grocery Stores.

By Bianca Dias-Halpert, Washington, USA The Power of a Grocery Store A new environment, new food, new customs and everything familiar left behind.  We usually do not think of a grocery store as being significant in our daily… Read More

Rasid Family 50th Anniversary.

By Zita Rasid, Massachusetts, USA On September 26, 2010, the Rasid family celebrated their 50th year in America at the Twin Hills Country Club in Longmeadow, Massachusetts, USA. Our parents have passed on but we could not let… Read More

The Planes.

By Frans Krajenbrink, California, USA On May 10, 1940 Germany without warning invaded Holland The Dutch Army was no match for the German Army – the war lasted five days. Queen Wilhelmina and the Royal family escaped to… Read More

Dutch Marines to East Indies Train at Camp Lejeune.

By Bianca Dias-Halpert, Washington, USA This story is a hidden gem in the history of Dutch-American military relations surrounding WWII.  I had the good fortune of finding this organization and talking with Mr. James E. Stewart Jr.  who… Read More

Why Go to the Tropics in the 1920’s.

  by Tim OCallaghan, Chicago, Illinois, USA Even though the East Indies had been dominated by the Dutch, for its access to spices, since 1602. It wasnt until 1796 when the VOC filed for bankruptcy that the Dutch… Read More

Song: May of 1961.

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 course of all our… Read More

Selamat Jalan: A Family Story 1933-1949.

Excerpt by Kathryn Pentecost (van der Poel family) of Adelaide, South Australia On my mother’s side, I come from an enormous family of van der Poels – some of whom migrated to the Netherlands Indies in the early 1800s…. Read More

Tim’s History – Heritage Tour Coordinator.

by Tim O’Callaghan of Chicago, Illinois USA My name is Tim O’Callaghan and I am the youngest son of Maria Gerichhausen who left the Netherlands at age 11 months with her family to begin a new life in… Read More

The Band.

As told by Robin Kalhorn, Texas, USA Date: Circa 1938.  Place: Java (most likely Surabaya, perhaps Malang).  Event:  John Kiliaan and His Band promotional appearance at a Studebaker dealership.  Band leader Kiliaan is the man with the saxophone,… Read More