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At 3:58am on April 9, 2016, Louise Bakot said…
Hey Daniella, wondering how you all were? Lots of love Louise Rietveld
At 9:04pm on October 15, 2012, Janice Mary Visser said…

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,

Janice xxx

At 8:26am on November 27, 2011, Myriam Tesse said…

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.



At 4:45pm on October 19, 2011, Dewa Atra said…

Hi Nell, glad to see you, yes with pleasure I will send the pic of the festival. That was the greatest event that we had. Lots of love friend . . .


At 11:49am on October 18, 2011, Judith Salmon said…
Hi Nell, this sounds like a real possibility, thank you for the offer. I will get back to very soon. Cheers, Judith
At 5:40pm on October 17, 2011, Judith Salmon said…

Hi Nell, sorry I missed meeting you in Ubud, some other time! Cheers, Judith


At 9:03am on March 1, 2011, Alwina Kruger said…

I have orderd the book. I am looking forward to read it. My grandmother was Pieterdina Leutscher a sister of Annechiena (we called her tante Annie) My father was Stoffer Kruger.

Best wishes


At 8:40pm on February 7, 2011, Karina Machado said…

It's a pleasure to be here Nell! I really hope I can make it on Saturday, too. It would be so lovely to meet you.

Speak soon,


At 9:33pm on January 31, 2011, Sally-Anne Smee said…
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
At 8:09pm on August 30, 2010, Ibbie Abdul said…
Hi there hun, thanks for the comment.....yes i found it ...where have you been? want to talk to you......please check your hotmail email. Hugz
At 9:44am on August 14, 2010, lesley goulburn said…
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
At 10:03am on July 30, 2010, Tine Widmann said…
Hi love,´
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 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.
At 9:59pm on July 20, 2010, Sally-Anne Smee said…
Hi Nell! Found The Site No Probs :) I'll Have To Sit Down And Read Your Book After Internship Is Over...It Looks Really Interesting! Congratulations.
At 7:54pm on July 20, 2010, Nienke Mulder said…
It would be nice to keep in touch! But it's my sister who has a child, 2 even. One girl, she's about 2,5 her name is Jocelin and a boy wich is 7 month old his name is Sylvan very cute!

Your book is in englisch but that's no problem my englisch is alright.hihi
At 12:46pm on July 20, 2010, Barbara Hyde said…
I'm so excited for you!! this is the start of something big!!
At 9:47am on July 20, 2010, Nienke Mulder said…
Hi Caitlin and Nell,

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.

Kind regards, Nienke
At 8:08pm on July 19, 2010, Caitlin Orlena said…
hiii mum. love the site
At 5:17pm on July 18, 2010, Val Morrison said…
The website looks faulous and Ive had a quick look at the first few pages of your book and its a great read. Well done Nell.



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