Personal narratives by people of their experiences during World War II will appear on pages subordinate to this one. To connect to the narrative, click on the link of the person’s name.
1. “A Young Boy and the “Good” War,” by Edouard Renière.
2. “Life in the Dutch Underground; A Deadly Game of Hide and Seek,” transcribed by Tony Welch.
3. “The ‘Delights’ of German Occupation,” by Louis van den Brand
Of particular interest will be BBC’s collection of 47,000 war stories at People’s War, an archive of World War Two memories, written by the public and gathered by the BBC. It is organized by subject. See: http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/ww2peopleswar/categories/.
Daniel van Alderwerelt’s Recollections 1929-1952, describe in detail his experiences as a boy in The Netherlands during WWII. Mr. Van Alderwerelt lives in Grass Valley, California.
The KL-Natzweiler Museum at Struthof, France, near Strasbourg, has a remarkable collection of testimonies from people who joined the Resistance and their subsequent experiences. It is organized by the following topics:
- Joining the Resistance
- The organization of the Resistance
- The various forms of action
- Letters from deportees who were shot by firing squad
- The discovery of the camps
For the story of Nico Hamme, “A Dutchman Hiding in Belgium,” go to http://www.dossier-bassines.nl/html/en_home.htm for the home page and for the story itself, go to http://www.dossier-bassines.nl/html/en_story.htm.
The memoirs of John K. “Jack” Justice, “The Raid on Munster, Germany, Oct. 10, 1943: My Escape from German Occupied Europe” are to be found at: http://www.100thbg.com/mainpages/history/history4/munster_raid.htm.
For a detailed escape story, visit http://www.airmen.dk/pdfs/v999022arte.pdf. It describes the experience of Rowland Williams, RAF, shot down over Denmark, who escaped to neutral Sweden. (For further information, see http://www.airmen.dk/v999002.htm.)
For links to additional personal narratives, go to the page on this website with those links.