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Item Number:  01942258

 

 

1940 - 1945 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY HANDWRITTEN BY A YOUNG WINNIPEG MANITOBA GIRL VISITING HOLLAND AS HITLER'S ARMIES INVADE AND OCCUPY THE NETHERLANDS TRAPPING THEIR YOUNG VISITOR

 

Price: US$ 42,599.99

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Seller Name: M. Benjamin Katz, Fine Books/Rare Manuscripts
Member since 4/2010
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Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Listing Date: 5/31/2010
   
     
 

 

 

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Title: 1940 - 1945 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY HANDWRITTEN BY A YOUNG WINNIPEG MANITOBA GIRL VISITING HOLLAND AS HITLER'S ARMIES INVADE AND OCCUPY THE NETHERLANDS TRAPPING THEIR YOUNG VISITOR Publisher:
Author: WILHELMINA HENDRICA E. KLYN Publication Date: 1940
Binding/Format: Edition:
Condition: Good    
Inventory #: 0001237    
       

 

On offer is the extraordinary, original manuscript diary of a young girl Wilhelmina Hendrica E. Klyn, a Dutch girl from Winnipeg Canada who began a visit to Holland just as the second World War broke out and she became trapped - a prisoner of the Third Reich's occupation of the Netherlands! Miss Klyn writes in specific, quite densely written detail a record of everything that she saw, heard, read and gossiped with her family and friends to document her experience in Holland during the Occupation. Historians and researchers of this horrible time will be hard pressed to find so extensive a detailed telling: over 200 leaves approximately with perhaps a third having either entries, letters, clippings or photos on the back thusly an estimated 260 pages of daily entries in a pair of large 10.5 x 8 inch notepads including super period ephemera including: Red Cross letters; news clippings, postcards; real photos, tickets, passes and documents give depth and breadth to this very intelligent and keenly observant girl of the German occupation of Holland. Beginning right at the beginning on May 10th 1940 Miss Klyn writes until May 26th 1945 and leaves nothing unwritten from family matters, travels, attacks, bombings, shootings and her fellow citizens and their behavior for good and bad. This is a 'street level' view from a young, practical girl from Canada of Dutch background - charmingly, her daily entries are peppered with information she hears on the wireless about Canada mostly, the World and always notes on  hockey scores in Canada and the USA. Hockey is very important to her as if her sole lifeline to the life she had back in Canada. That said, she does consider herself a 'Nederlander'. Every page could be quoted but here is a snippet which gets to the heart of the person and the times perfectly: May 2nd 1945 "Children shouted 'Papa! Papa! Look planes are throwing out food, see how low they are, and yes we could see large planes circling over, so perhaps we will get something nice to eat. Thank God. Boys, oh boys, perhaps 50 large 4 motor planes came over our neighbourhood, we could see the star on their wings, children shouting, people crying and laughing and whatnot. Peter went in and had a good cry. I would have liked to do the same." This is an incredible, original relic of World War II and a moving record of the Dutch experience at the hands of the Nazis; the unfortunate elements of society that helped the Germans; the deprivations of the 'everyman' in Holland and the hopes, wishes and innermost thoughts of a young woman captive to the events of the War. G+.

 

 


 

 

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