Hi Nell, thanks and can't wait to read your book. I just watched the video of the emmigration from Holland to Australia and I felt like I would see my Mum or Dad or Oma in the crowd, it feels so personal.Anyway the profile pic I put up is us welcoming my Oma off the ship from Holland at Fremantle Port, thought it was appropriate for now. Take care and thanks,
Hello Nell and thanks for your welcome message - sorry for seeing it a little late but my mailbox has been nearly flooded with messages after finding back three of my friends I knew when I was in Scheyville (thanks to Joop who really did such a good detective work). We are now in contact and exchanging pictures and films and memories. We also got in contact with another ex-Scheyville friend who now lives in Holland. It took just a few weeks time and now we are around 15 people who knew each other as kids at Scheyville!! Thanks Jo and thanks internet.
I didn't live in Bonegilla for a long time, around 2 months but spent 4 years in Scheyville and 1 year in Villawood. And our story was a quite happy one, with incidents of course, but rather the kind of nice story - the reason my parents left Belgium was that my baby brother at that time was very sick with asthma and had to be put in a sanatorium in south of france aged 8 months - so australian climate seemed to be perfect for him hot and dry weather and my parents decided they would go to Australia instead. That's how it all begun. And then of course quite a classical migrant story, different camps, french speaking were a minority so that wasn't easy , my father worked quite far away and my mother regreted Belgium, the family and the friends, the way of life... so after some consideration they decided they would go back to Belgium. (My brother had not had any asthma crisis since the Suez chanel :).
So that's the story ... the little tragical side was when we, older children, arrived in Belgium. We had lost 'our' country, our story, our friends, everything in fact... I was eleven and my brother was nearly 10, he had a kind of "nervous breakdown" or whatever you call that in english and was followed by a specialist for some time... and I was mad at my parents for telling me that Belgium was beautiful (it is but it took me years and years to feel it)
I hope I will find your book, maybe in Holland or maybe on the internet; the subject highly interests me because when in the camps, I have lived close to people who had sooo different and difficult stories; camps were like a micro cosm of all human sufferings and incredible hopes altogether. I think I have never been nearer to "humanity" than then (sorry for my english that is not good enough to explain clearly what I mean but I think you will understand. I could discuss about the subject for hours....:) So I hope I'll be able to read your book :)
Good luck with the promotion and I'll let you know when I find it.
Thanks for writing about the subject and take care.
The Lost Sister of Groningen...Words Cannot Describe The Mixture Of Feelings I Felt When Reading This Unbeleievable History Of The Suiding Sisters...Love Is The Last Sense And The Emotional Feeling Of How Important My Family And Friends Are And Their Significance To Be With Me And I With Them Is A Strong Realisation...Love Love Nell To You And Your Family...Inspirational xoxo
Hi Nell, Alan and I are so pleased to have won. Our address is 91 Moncur St, WOOLLAHRA 2025. Alan has been away quite a bit but now home so we can do some searches and reading! I hope it all continues so positively for you. Lesley
today i got the message that your book is on the way to me...i cant wait to read it...
i want a personal signature in it when we will see each other again...
and ...by the way....the pictures of Malcom are so beautiful....i listened to the radio interview, too...i was trapped by Annis voice...from the bottom of my heart i wish that heaps of people will by the book...not for the money(a lovely thing,too) for the story of Anni and for your work as a writer!A big HUg and Kiss to you!And please send Anni, Malcom and your daughter this hugs,too.
This is Nienke from the Netherlands, I am one of the two daughters of Hilda Leutscher. Just wanted to say: i like the site, it's very interesting and i'm looking forward to read the book! My parents are already reading it together it's my turn next.