JANUARY 1945: 14 Sunday. We also have to work on Sundays.
14 Sunday. We also have to work on Sundays. At lunch time and at night we
received some soup.
There also Italians and Russians in the lager.
15 Monday. After 1 hour at work I reported myself sick. Received bread and
I reported myself sick, however I am not really sick.
16 Tuesday. Still reported as being sick. Bread and soup.
17 Wednesday. Back to work. Bread soup and some sausage.
Approx. 40 men escaped from this lager.
18 Thursday. Willem (someone in the same room with me in this lager) talked
about trying to escape from this lager. Reported sick for the afternoon and
completed our planning for the escape. At night Willem, myself and another
person (can't remember who) crawl through a small hole in the barbed wire
perimeter and later during the night we took a tram to (what we thought a place
on the Dutch border) Bochum.
NB. We might have had a mix-up here, there were other placed with a name
starting with Boch... .
19 Friday. Walking in deep snow and rubble from the bombardments through a
town and we decided that because of it getting very dark to sleep in an
underground air-raid shelter until 8am the following morning.
We arrange somehow to get some bread and coffee.
NB. Amazingly, during this time we were not confronted with any problems!
20 Saturday. We brazenly buy tickets and take a train that will take us to
Bocholt (the correct Boch...!!) on the Dutch border. We arrived there at 7:30pm
(the journey took much longer than we had planned because of the chaos caused by
bombing of the railway) in the dark. A lady from the station inquired what we
were doing there gave us some coffee. We told here a story about getting
separated from our guards because of the confusion during the bombings but that
we were waiting to be escorted back to the Netherlands. She told us that she
would arrange for us to sleep somewhere.
She came back with some men in uniform and with shields on their chests
(NVS???) and they took us to some sort of a camp where we got some food and beds
to sleep in. However, in the morning we were thrown in the back of a lorry and
taken to a heavy guarded camp with about 100 inmates.