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Table of Contents for Motherlode: A Mosaic of Dutch Wartime Experience by Carolyne Van Der Meer



1: Finding the Motherlode

Journal Entry–18 July 2010

Going Home


Journal Entry–19 July 2010

Letters from a War Child

The Dig

Nine Ways to Happiness in Wartime

Marijke’s Song

Journal Entry–20 July 2010

Marijke’s Song

The Poem About Hiding Jews

Cat Got Your Tongue?

How Do You Know?

My Education

Journal Entry–21 July 2010

The Librarian

The Hiding Place

The Hunting Game

Negotiating with the SS

Journal Entry–22 July 2010


My Mother’s Voice

The Root Cellar

The Hunger Winter, 1944–45

A Conversation

The Walls Have Ears

Where We Hid Them

Journal Entry–22 July 2010

Stimpie Stampie at the New Dorrius

The Bartender

The Red Boots

Listening to the Radio

The SS Came at Night

Journal Entry–23 July 2010

Speculaas on the Prinsengracht


Journal Entry–24 July 2010

2: The Children

The War Begins

Onderduik, 1944

We All Took Part

The Risks He Took

Learning Curve

Soldier Boy

Christmas Eve 1943

The Beef Tongue

Wool Was Hard to Get

The Collection

The Walnut Tree

The American Soldier

What Lisbeth Knows

No Visible Injury

God in de hemel


The Bouquet

Liberation in Nijmegen

Institut Henri Jaspar, Brussels

3: The Survivors

Manna from Heaven

A Dutch Jew Looks at the Facts

Real Estate Value

Riches to Rags


Teaching Kindergarten


Thunder and Lightning

The Department Store

War’s Insidious Bite

Altje, 1942

4: The Fighters

The Story Wasn’t True

Girl in a Flowered Dress

Lotte’s Journey

The Namesake

Dear Folks, Love Ralph

The Outline

Homage to a Canadian Soldier

Stationed in Veghel

The Solider Watches Retribution

Occupation Duty

Afterword: The Complexity of Belonging


Glossary of Dutch Terms