The War in the Corner
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Chronicle of a village in wartime Netherlands
Written by Jan Braakman
The Eastern Dutch village of Laren (located in the 'Achterhoek', literally the 'back corner' of the Province of Gelderland in the Netherlands) was the subjected to heavy fighting before it could be liberated by Canadian troops in April 1945. The liberation could not come soon enough for the families featured in this book.
In this biography of Laren and its inhabitants, journalist Jan Braakman describes the betrayal of his grandfather Hendrik Jan Koeslag and the story of his subsequent death. In his book about 'the war behind the war', the author details daring acts of resistance by local residents, who helped the Dutch, the Jews, and even war-weary Germans while trying to carry on with their own lives.
This resistance became increasingly challenging as the British Intelligence officers parachuted into this strategic region of the Netherlands to prepare the way for the liberation and the Allies pushed the Germans back.
The book also shows the difficulties civilians experienced to keep Allied airmen, who survived aerial battles and downed plane crashes, out of the hands of the German occupiers till Canadian troops liberated farm after farm in hard-fought battles.
Paperback, 220 pages, WWII, illustrated, list of local casualties, bibliography, index
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