Motherlode: A Mosaic of Dutch Wartime Experience

Paperback | December 18, 2013

byCarolyne Van Der Meer

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Motherlode: A Mosaic of Dutch Wartime Experience is Carolyne Van Der Meer’s creative reinterpretation through short stories, poems, and essays of the experiences of her mother and other individuals who either spent their childhoods in Nazi-occupied Holland or were deeply affected by wartime in Holland. The book documents the author’s personal journey as she uncovers her mother’s past through their correspondence and discussion and through research in the Netherlands. Motherlode also considers mother–daughter relationships and the effect of wartime on motherhood.

Motherlode is not about recording precise historical data; rather, it attempts to recover and interpret the complex emotions of the individuals growing up in wartime. The book is based on interviews with the author’s mother and other Dutch Canadians, interviews with and letters from Canadian Jewish war veterans, and information provided by individuals with direct or indirect experience of the Dutch Resistance. The creative pieces explore onderduik (going into/being in hiding), life in an occupied country, the work of the Dutch Resistance, liberation, collective and individual cultural memory, and the way in which wartime childhoods shaped adulthood for these individuals.

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Motherlode: A Mosaic of Dutch Wartime Experience is Carolyne Van Der Meer’s creative reinterpretation through short stories, poems, and essays of the experiences of her mother and other individuals who either spent their childhoods in Nazi-occupied Holland or were deeply affected by wartime in Holland. The book documents the author’s ...

Carolyne Van Der Meer is a journalist, public relations professional, and university lecturer. She has undergraduate and graduate degrees in English Literature from the University of Ottawa and Concordia University, respectively, and a Graduate Certificate in Creative Writing from the Humber School for Writers. She has published journ...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:110 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.32 inPublished:December 18, 2013Publisher:Wilfrid Laurier University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1771120053

ISBN - 13:9781771120050

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thought Provoking and Emotionally Satisfying I’d never thought much about the everyday perspective on, and experience of, war, occupation and resistance. This book changed all that, not just for its specific focus—Holland during WWII—but for all wars. Transitioning smoothly from personal journal entries to accessible poetry and stories, the book brings its subject to emotional life. Threaded throughout are the author’s musings on the power of memory, the meaning of home, the experience of belonging, and the relationships that link generations of a family. I bought this book because I know the author (although we’ve never met). But I read it because, once I started, it pulled me into its world.
Date published: 2014-06-22

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“A mesmerizing journey through occupied wartime Netherlands; the voices emerging from the pages are haunting: replete with powerful emotions and modernity.” - Isabelle Laflèche, author of J’adore New York and J’adore Paris