Dates might not be correct. Diary was used only to record events
Dates might not be correct. Diary was used only to record events and the
events are not necessarily associated with the date on the pages.
I was just 16 years old at that time and not very tall (I grew to 180cm when
I was over the age of 17!)
Also my father was already hiding somewhere at home to evade to be
transported to Germany. For the protection of the family I decided not to put
them at greater risk.
7 Sunday: Today from 5 until 8 all men aged over 16 years have to present
themselves at the employment bureau.
8 Monday. Did present myself and told to be tomorrow at the Feyenoord Stadium
with 1 day of food and luggage.
9 Tuesday. At 9 o'clock we were at the Stadium. At 1 o'clock pm we
received porridge. At night at 1:30,
we were being shoved in a cattle train. We received a hump of bread and
10 Wednesday. The train left at 3:30 am and we arrived in Utrecht at about 8
am. We received some bread and cheese and the train departed at night.
11 Thursday. We crossed the border at Bentheim en travel further in the
direction of Cologne were we could see through splits in the site of the
carriage that everything was bomb flat. Somewhere we received some bread and
cheese. We arrived at ??? at 3 pm. Our identification cards were taken from us.
12 Saturday. We had to assemble and were allocated a job in the plant where
we were forced to work from 6:30am-12:30am and from 1pm-5pm. We received some
bread and butter!.
During the trip we were locked in the cattle wagons without toilets and
water. We used snow scooped up through cracks in wagons to satisfy our thirst.