Pages of my 1945 Diary
of my incarceration into a German Prison Camp
during WW2 1944-45.

It is now 27810 days ago that I started writing in this little old diary of mine.
Yes, that is now 76 years and 1 months and 20 days ago.

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.

Also note:

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 cheese.

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.