Motherlode: A Mosaic of Dutch Wartime Experience by Carolyne Van Der MeerMotherlode: A Mosaic of Dutch Wartime Experience by Carolyne Van Der Meer

Motherlode: A Mosaic of Dutch Wartime Experience

byCarolyne Van Der Meer

Paperback | December 18, 2013

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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.

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 has a Graduate Certificate in Creative Writing from the Humber School for Writers. She is the author o...
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Title:Motherlode: A Mosaic of Dutch Wartime ExperienceFormat: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

Table of Contents

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

Preface

Prologue

1: Finding the Motherlode

Journal Entry–18 July 2010

Going Home

Parched

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

Motherlode

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

Alarm

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

Bittersweet

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

Staas

Teaching Kindergarten

Accuracy

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

Acknowledgements

Glossary of Dutch Terms

Editorial Reviews

``In reading Carolyne Van Der Meer's remarkable work, Motherlode: A Mosaic of Dutch Wartime Experiences, I was reminded of the intricate lace curtains found on the windows throughout Holland. In this creative reinterpretation of memories and experiences, Van Der Meer has eloquently succeeded in intertwining short stories, poems, and essays with the delicate touch of a fine Dutch lace maker. Based on the recollections of the author's mother and other Dutch Canadians, as well as letters from and interviews with Canadian soldiers and resistance fighters, Van Der Meer takes these accounts and her first-hand research to craft a compelling view of what we are left with after war's end.'' - Gina Roitman - The Rover, February 23, 2014 - 201402