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  • Article by Samuel de Korte
  • Published on March 28th, 2020

Matilda Weyergang, experiences in the Berlin Fire Defence Service

During the Second World War Matilda Weyergang volunteered for the local fire defence service, where she worked as a driver on a fire truck. During this period she experienced various harrowing moments.

  • Article by Arnold Schunck
  • Published on November 14th, 2019

Statements by Karl Dönitz about Hitler's death and the German capitulation (01/08 Mai 1945)

Some short statements by Karl Dönitz about Hitler's death and the German capitulation.

  • Article by Jack Hersch
  • Published on September 7th, 2019

Dave Hersch, Escape from a Death March

My father, Dave Hersch, spent the last year of World War II slaving in Mauthausen Concentration Camp, self-rated by the Nazis as the harshest, cruelest labor concentration camp in the entire Reich. Near the end of that year, in April 1945, he escaped from a death march originating at the camp. Recaptured, and inexplicably – perhaps miraculously – not killed for it, he was returned to Mauthausen. Placed on another death march the following week, he escaped again. This time he was found by a local family and, at the risk of their lives, hidden until the US Army’s 65th Infantry Division liberated the town. This is the story of my father’s first escape.

  • Article by Arnold Schunck
  • Published on July 14th, 2019

Hitler's radio proclamation about the assassination attempt on 20 July 1944

This text was pronounced by Adolf Hitler on the German radio at 1:00 a.m. on 21 July 1944, after the attack and coup of 20 July 1944.

  • Article by Arnold Schunck
  • Published on June 15th, 2019

Joseph Goebbels, diary entries after the Kristallnacht (10/11 November 1938)

Translation of the diary entries of the German propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels. He describes the Pogrom against the Jews that was broken out in the night of November 9, 1938, cynically called the Kristallnacht or Reichskristallnacht. The atrocities, which were orchestrated by Goebbels, were a coordinated response to the death of the German diplomat Ernst vom Rath. He died as a result of an assault, committed by the Jewish young man Herschel Grynszpan.

  • Article by Joshua Rijsdam
  • Published on June 9th, 2019

Date Pettinga, battle against the Japanese on Java

What will follow are parts of a diary written by Date Pettinga, born on the 27th of June 1916 in Oldehove. During the Second World War he was stationed in the Dutch-Indies, where he took part in the fight against the Japanese. He joined the 12th Regiment Infantry as a conscript in 1936 and left the army one year later with the rank of corporal. However, in 1939 he returned to the military. He served as a soldier in Bandoeng, West Java, before he was transferred in 1939 to the first Infantry Battalion in Magelang, Central Java.